5,000 Arrested in Illegal Gambling Raids Across Asia

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And so we begin with more than 5,000 people arrested across Asia and $10 million seized following a month-long international crackdown on illegal gambling by Interpol and timed to coincide with the World Cup.

Almost 800 illegal gambling dens in China, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand were raided in one of Interpol’s biggest co-ordinated crackdowns. Cars, bank cards, computers and mobile phones were also confiscated. The dens handled more than $150m in bets, Interpol said.

“The results we have seen are impressive, not only in the number of arrests and seizures made across the region in just one month, but in terms of the police co-operation which made this possible,” said Jean-Michel Louboutin, Interpol’s executive director of police services.

“As well as having clear connections to organised crime gangs, illegal soccer gambling is also linked with corruption, money laundering and prostitution and Operation Soga III will have a significant long-term impact on these serious offences,” added Louboutin.

Similar operations in 2007 and 2008 resulted in 2,000 arrests and seizures of $16m. Interpol, based in France, coordinated the operation with its office in Bangkok.

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