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Cambodia deports dozens of Chinese suspects over nude photo extortion scam

Offshore gangs accused of tricking women in China into sending erotic photos of themselves and then blackmailing them

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 October, 2017, 3:57pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 October, 2017, 4:02pm

Cambodia on Thursday deported dozens of Chinese citizens accused of extorting money from women in mainland China with threats to circulate images of them naked online.

General Ouk Haiseila, chief of the Immigration Investigation Bureau, said the 74 suspects left the Cambodian capital on a plane sent by the Chinese government.

Online scams by Chinese gangs that operate offshore and target mainland Chinese are common throughout Southeast Asia.

Indonesia deported more than 140 Chinese and Taiwanese in August who were accused of extracting millions of dollars from businesspeople and politicians in China by impersonating Chinese police.

Ouk said the gang in Cambodia contacted women over social media and tricked them into sending nude or erotic photos.

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Members of the gang, which included 14 women, then extorted money by threatening to spread the images online.

Since 2012, Cambodia has deported at least 1,000 Chinese and Taiwanese to the Chinese mainland.

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Beijing is a key ally and economic benefactor for impoverished Cambodia. It has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and investment over the past decade while Cambodia has sided with China in its disputes with other Southeast Asian nations.