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Online tools aid human trafficking in South-east Asia

Tuesday, February 21, 2023


Since the February 2021 coup, Myanmar has become a hub for Chinese criminal gangs who rely on the internet to recruit workers and then hold them captive while they operate online scams.


  • Projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative will be scrutinised for opening new pathways for human trafficking.
  • As mainstream firms tighten anti-money laundering measures, traffickers will increasingly turn to the dark net and cryptocurrencies.
  • Natural disasters, exacerbated by climate change, will spur greater online trafficking in South-east Asia.

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