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The "Welcome to Batam" sign on a hillside in Batam city, Indonesia on July 16, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Learning to Scam Under the Threat of Tasers

Indonesian nationals rescued from a Phnom Penh scam compound say they were targeting Facebook users every day to cheat them out of thousands of dollars. Most are relieved to have gotten away from the criminal work and threat of violence that hovered over them.

Police in Sihanoukville in September 2022. (Mech Dara/VOD)

Eerie Silence Descends on Notorious Sihanoukville Scam Compounds

Nearly 9,000 phones were seized from a Sihanoukville compound and barbed wire cut from the notorious “Chinatown” area. As human trafficking raids target compounds across the city, residents say other buildings appear to be quietly emptying of foreign workers.

A metal gate blocks an entrance to Bavet-Moc Bai casino in Svay Rieng's Bavet city on September 15, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

60 Vietnamese Escape Bavet-Moc Bai Casino

More than 60 Vietnamese nationals attempted to flee a Bavet city casino on Saturday, as regional media report more arrests and raids tied to forced labor and fraud operations in Cambodia.

An immigration detention center in Sihanoukville on July 5, 2022.

Woman Pleads in Khmer for Scam Rescue

Thousands of viewers have circulated a video online of a woman pleading in Khmer for rescue from forced labor at a Sihanoukville scam center.

A photo of Long Bay casino and hotel posted on Zhengheng Group's Facebook page.

PR Rep Offers Money to Remove Company From UDG Scam Article

A public-relations officer has asked VOD to remove the Zhengheng Group from an article on scam operations and offered money to do so, saying the company is helping authorities crack down on illegal businesses in its Koh Kong compound.

Prime Minister Hun Sen in Siem Reap on September 13, 2022. (Hun Sen’s Facebook page)

Hun Sen Promises Modern Satellite City at Angkor Evictions Relocation Site

Prime Minister Hun Sen handed out gifts and promised metal sheeting as building materials to families who have agreed to vacate their homes that fall within Siem Reap’s Angkor park, saying the relocation site in Run Ta Ek commune will be turned into a modern satellite city.