Police in China reportedly arrested over 75,000 people last year as they busted up more than 3,500 illicit cross-border gambling cases alongside some 2,260 that had involved forbidden iGaming platforms.
According to a report from Inside Asian Gaming, these figures were contained in a recent update from the giant nation’s Public Security Ministry as a warning to anyone considering whether to get involved in illegal cross-border gambling operations. The source detailed that the twelve-month period also saw Chinese law enforcement authorities shut down approximately 1,160 clandestine online gambling promotion platforms in addition to around 1,960 underground banks and illegal payment services.
The announcement from the Public Security Ministry moreover reportedly warned the public about ‘the fraudulent nature and serious harm of cross-border gambling’ before asking the population to ‘consciously boycott overseas or online gambling’ in addition to ‘actively reporting the clues and information involved in cross-border gambling.’
Reportedly read the update from the Public Security Ministry…
“More than 600 Chinese suspects were brought back to China from abroad by Chinese police in collaboration with their counterparts in countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam. Chinese police will maintain a tough stance against cross-border gambling.”
China reportedly has a long history of seeking to stamp out cross-border gambling because its officials feel such activities disrupt the local tourism market and lead to large amounts of native currency flowing out of the country. The nation of over 1.4 billion people recently released a ‘blacklist’ of foreign gambling-friendly holiday destinations before passing legislation to bring in tougher penalties for anyone found guilty of facilitating overseas gambling.
To further clamp down on cross-border gambling and the country’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange reportedly held a conference last week in which it committed to institute six key management tasks over the course of the next twelve months that would help stop the abnormal outbound flow of capital.