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Under foreign pressure, Cambodia dismantles some 'scam' compounds

But human trafficking still rife and government not doing enough, critics say

Though Cambodian officials have long referred to online scam operations -- many of which are based in the coast town of Sihanoukville (pictured) -- under the term illegal online gambling, they are starting to admit to more specific romance scams or fraudulent cryptocurrency schemes. (Photo by Vann Soben)

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia -- Cambodian authorities have clamped down on some global cyber gangs in recent weeks by raiding their compounds and freeing more than a thousand of enslaved workers, but human rights groups say those criminal organizations have simply moved their operations to other areas.

"It's decentralizing criminality so it can be sustained," said a human rights investigator who did not want to be named.

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