Philippines Gambling Regulator Warns Public about Exploitative Job Adverts

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PAGCOR, the Philippines’ gambling regulator, has warned the public about fake offshore gaming operator (POGO) adverts that may negatively affect customers.

PAGCOR has said that the issue is not with gambling; rather, it is about job postings and adverts that promise large salaries and excellent working conditions. The regulator has said that the adverts were being produced by “unscrupulous groups” that are also involved in human trafficking and cryptocurrency scams.

POGOs, have been making headlines in Asia, in particular those that run illegal operations in the region. The illegal POGOs attract both local people and foreigners with promises of money, but the reality is that they arrive to find appalling working conditions.

PAGCOR has warned that those who attempt to leave have been beaten and placed in captivity. Now PAGCOR is increasing its public awareness campaign in order to warn people away. Most of the adverts are for Customer Service Representatives in the crypto trading industry. As such, PAGCOR says that it is important to make sure that the POGO advertising the job is on the Offshore Gaming Licensees and Service Providers list.

The list features all the companies that can legally offer gambling in the country, and they are the only companies allowed to post job offerings. The regulator has also warned POGOs against sub-licensing to third parties as this would be in breach of the licensing conditions.

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