Indian citizens rescued from cyber-scam factories in Cambodia were victims of human trafficking and coerced into operating online fraud schemes.


Over 5,000 Indians were reportedly stuck in Cambodia and forced into illegal cyber work [3], including money laundering [2] [3], crypto fraud [2] [3], and love scams [3]. The UN has reported that thousands of people in Myanmar and Cambodia were compelled to run cyber-fraud schemes [3]. India has rescued 250 citizens in Cambodia and is collaborating with authorities to crack down on fraudulent activities [3]. Victims in India have been swindled out of millions of rupees [3], with complaints of being held against their will in Cambodia [3]. Interpol has issued warnings about human trafficking in the region [1], with Operation Storm Makers II resulting in the apprehension of individuals involved in various offenses [1], including telecoms fraud [1]. Victims from Malaysia [1], Uganda [1], Dubai [1], Thailand [1], and Myanmar were also deceived into working for online fraud syndicates [1]. Traffickers prey on victims with job offers [2], then coerce them into illegal online work such as money laundering and crypto fraud [2]. A UN report reveals 120,000 people in Myanmar and 100,000 in Cambodia forced into similar schemes [2].


The impact of human trafficking for cyber scams is significant, with victims being exploited for financial gain. Collaboration between countries and international organizations is crucial to combat these illegal activities and protect vulnerable individuals. Efforts to raise awareness, strengthen law enforcement, and provide support to victims are essential in preventing future incidents of human trafficking for cyber fraud.