A criminal suspect (center) involved in cross-border gambling returned to China and surrendered. Photo: courtesy of international cooperation bureau of Jilin provincial public security authority
Northeast China’s Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces recently announced progress in cracking down on cross-border gambling, unveiling how criminal groups that run casinos in Primorsky Krai in Russia have recruited brokers and staff, cooperated with Chinese travel agencies, and attracted Chinese citizens to gamble abroad under the guise of “tourism.”
According to China’s Ministry of Public Security, after a nine-month investigation the public security organs of Jilin and Heilongjiang have dealt with 10 relevant gambling cases involving casino operators and managers, shareholders in casinos, brokers and travel agencies serving casinos. A total of 18 shell companies and four underground banks have been closed down, and 142 criminal suspects have been arrested.
The Global Times learned…