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Sihanoukville’s Kaibo compound on August 6, 2022. Shown these photos, Bao confirmed he was held in these compounds. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Behind a Slave Rescue From a Cambodian Scam Operation

A Vietnamese family took out loans against their family home to help their son escape enslavement in Cambodia. They scrambled to organize a cross-border rescue from a scam syndicate accused of torture and trafficking, asking VOD for assistance.

Chou Bun Eng, center, with other speakers at a government meeting on trafficking in the country. (Government Spokespersons Unit)

Govt Deflects, Makes Excuses at Human Trafficking Meeting

The government opened the floor to reporters’ questions about foreigners trafficked into the country’s online fraud operations, with officials trying to shift blame, claim ignorance and accuse critics of not understanding the “technical” nature of these cases.

Cars drive past a mall facing the Two Lions Roundabout in Sihanoukville on May 30, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Chinese Embassy Tells of Ransom, Rescues From Scam Syndicates

Following a previous warning of violent incidents involving scam operations in Cambodia, the Chinese Embassy called for further caution against fraud syndicates and said it had successfully rescued some victims from the operations.

A district guard stands in front of Jin Gang compound, where an operation involving Vietnamese nationals unfolded, in Sihanoukville's Buon commune on April 29, 2022. (Mech Dara/VOD)

Scam Trafficking, Rescues on the Rise: Regional Media

Eighty-nine Thais were removed from Cambodian scam compounds, Malaysia said it was working on the rescues of 60 nationals, and Vietnamese workers were brutally beaten in Cambodia, according to recent news reports from around the region.