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The ongoing “Chinese mafia” crypto fraud that targets Pinoys

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On Wednesday, Senator Risa Hontiveros disclosed that months after being first made aware of in her privileged speech in the Senate, which prompted an investigation, the Chinese gang that coerced Filipinos to work as bitcoin scammers in Myanmar still exists.

Since a specific “Miles” requested help from her office, because additional Filipinos need to be rescued in Cambodia, Hontiveros claimed that the so-called Chinese mafia currently operates in Cambodia.

They were offered positions in call centers or customer service, according to Miles. The overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Cambodia, however, also ended up being pushed to defraud residents from nations like the US and Canada of their life savings, just as the senator learned from the victims from Myanmar.

“When I don’t have any clients, I pinagtratrabaho for 16 hours a day, every day of the week, without interruption. If they don’t find clients, they are forced to work more than 16 hours a day, seven days a week; I’ve seen and heard of one being electrocuted. Meron po akong nakita at narinig ko po mismo na kinuryente na kasamang empleyado “Miles remembered.

The victim was forced to board a van bound for Cambodia after being trafficked out of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and into Thailand. Others, she revealed, would take flights into Cambodia from Clark Airport in Pampanga or from Zamboanga, stopping first in Malaysia or another ASEAN nation.

Miles was rescued Monday night by Cambodian police authorities, with efforts from the Philippine Embassy in Phnom Penh. But as of Tuesday night, they were being kept in a police station without of basic amenities like beds.

“I have faith that our DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) would be able to quickly repatriate our kababayans. In order to plan how to effectively put a stop to these illicit activities, I also anticipate that we will continue to work closely with ASEAN member states. It is unacceptable that this harmful scam continues to prey on our devoted men and women “added Hontiveros.

The solon stated that she also plans to provide additional information during the upcoming Senate hearing on this specific matter.

In her comments, she noted that “clearly, this is an industrial complex that incorporates numerous actors from around Southeast Asia and beyond.”

Hontiveros also warned the general public to be wary and vigilant of recruiters, particularly if they promise work as customer service agents in Cambodia or Myanmar.

Additionally, she suggested that they work with the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency.

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