Gambling is outlawed in China, but there has been a rise in offshore online gambling. A counsellor, Si Guoqi, helps addicts recover at a detox centre in Shanghai. Photo: SCMPGambling is outlawed in China, but there has been a rise in offshore online gambling. A counsellor, Si Guoqi, helps addicts recover at a detox centre in Shanghai. Photo: SCMP
Gambling is outlawed in China, but there has been a rise in offshore online gambling. A counsellor, Si Guoqi, helps addicts recover at a detox centre in Shanghai. Photo: SCMP

China’s first rehab centre for gamblers helps addicts escape from the ‘virus’ of online betting

  • Offshore websites and apps – up to 70 per cent of them based in Philippines – entice mainland Chinese into gambling, tearing families apart
  • China’s first rehab centre dedicated to gambling addiction helps punters swear off their bankrupting habit

Topic |   Wellness
Gambling is outlawed in China, but there has been a rise in offshore online gambling. A counsellor, Si Guoqi, helps addicts recover at a detox centre in Shanghai. Photo: SCMPGambling is outlawed in China, but there has been a rise in offshore online gambling. A counsellor, Si Guoqi, helps addicts recover at a detox centre in Shanghai. Photo: SCMP
Gambling is outlawed in China, but there has been a rise in offshore online gambling. A counsellor, Si Guoqi, helps addicts recover at a detox centre in Shanghai. Photo: SCMP
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