Myanmar: Chinese-run scam hubs reportedly continue running unabated with signs of human trafficking and forced labour
Date Reported: 21 Jul 2023
UnternehmenJilin Yatai Group
Total individuals affected: Number unknownWanderarbeitnehmer & eingewanderte Arbeitnehmer: ( Number unknown - Location unknown - Sector unknown , Gender not reported )
ThemenWork & Conditions
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Ergriffene Maßnahmen: Yatai IHG could not be reached for comment. But in a statement published by the Bangkok Post in May, the group denied any links to crimes, scams or KK Park, describing itself as “a professional enterprise” and calling She a “legitimate businessman”.
Art der Quelle: News outlet
"Inside the Chinese-run crime hubs of Myanmar that are conning the world: ‘we can kill you here’" 22 July 2023
“Run!” was the only instruction given to Filipinos Max and Jane, ending their six-month ordeal of forced online scamming in Myanmar.
A day into their freedom, sitting at a farmhouse on the outskirts of Mae Sot – the same Thai border town they were trafficked through late last year – the pair recalled their nervous final moments as a boat edged across a narrow neck of river towards safety. [...]
Untold thousands have made the same journey – coaxed from Malaysia, Taiwan and Indonesia; India, Kenya and Nepal by promises of high-paying work – only to be trapped for months, or years, in a labyrinth of cyber scams. [...] But in Myanmar, these brutal criminal enterprises continue unchecked. They are abetted by the country’s ongoing domestic turmoil, brought about by the 2021 military coup, and operated by alliances of Chinese criminals and a local paramilitary group, beyond the reach of outside law enforcement, civil society and the media. [...]
Investigating the crisis, This Week in Asia spoke with 18 former and current workers from seven countries, all of whom were trafficked to the Myawaddy area of Kayin state this year and last, where they were forced to scam; physically and psychologically abused; and prevented from leaving.
It’s the “United Nations of scamming”, said Jason Tower, Myanmar country director at conflict monitor the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). “You’ve got scammers who’ve been trafficked in as forced labour from all these different countries.” [...]