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PAGCOR Continues Crackdown on Offshore Gambling Operators

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PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation), the gambling regulator of the Philippines, carried out a raid on Xinchuang Network Technology as part of its continued crackdown on illegal activity in the offshore gambling sector.

Last week, on June 26, Xinchuang’s offices were raided by the Philippines National Police’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) following a surveillance operation that lasted a month. Brigadier General Sidney Hernia, the director of the unit, explained that they had received a tip-off that criminal activity was taking place at the offices and, as such, decided to act.

According to authorities, they found evidence linking the company to human trafficking, love scams, and cryptocurrency scams. Five Chinese nationals were charged with human trafficking offenses, and police also seized several computers, SIM cards, mobile phones, and passports.

More than 2,500 Rescued by Police

According to the police, more than 2,500 individuals suspected of being trafficking victims were rescued during the raid, including 1,534 Filipinos and more than 1,000 from countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and China. They have now been returned to their respective embassies.

We condemn all criminal activities that violate Philippine laws and human rights – regardless of nationality. As we have always said before, PAGCOR will not hesitate to impose sanctions on erring licensees and accredited service providers. Similarly, we will continue to cooperate with our partner law enforcement agencies to ensure that responsible and regulated gaming is observed.

Alejandro TengcoPAGCOR Chairman and CEO

Onus on Xinchuang Network Technology

Xinchuang Network Technology has been given a show-cause order by PAGCOR. The offshore operator, which is based in Las Piñas City, must now present a defense and reasons why its license should not be revoked. Furthermore, PAGCOR has ordered the operator to stop all offshore gaming operations while the investigation continues.

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