Macau, the largest gambling hub in the world, is now subject to a murder investigation after a man was found stabbed to death at a five star casino resort. Judiciary Police are currently investigating the suspected murder of a man from mainland China found by a cleaning crew at the Conrad Macao hotel. The hotel is part of the Sands Cotai Central Casino.
The man, who remains anonymous, was 41 years of age and reportedly a regular gambler in Macau. He had suffered from several knife wounds, with the exact cause of death yet to be revealed. More details should be provided as the investigation continues.
Sands China, the operator of Sands Cotai Central said in a statement: “We offer our sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased at this difficult time. The well being, safety and security of our guests are of paramount importance, and hotel management is cooperating fully with local authorities in their ongoing investigation.”
Violent Crime in Macau:
The only place in China to gamble legally at a casino is in Macau. In the region, violent crime is often associated with junket operators, the go-between who bring in the wealthiest individuals to gamble at the local casinos. Junket operators are starting to decrease in the region as growth in Macau has slowed and regulations have tightened up.
Triads are another threat to the region, criminal gangs that are known to operate in Macau. Typically, these groups are associated with money laundering and extortion, as well as prostitution and murder.
As more details emerge involving the Sands incident, we will report findings as they are released.