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How China's e-commerce giants enable illegal online gambling

Illegal business has exploded amid COVID-19 pandemic

By the end of September, Chinese authorities had launched investigations of more than 8,800 cross-border gambling cases and arrested more than 60,000 suspects.   © Reuters

A dark corner of the cyber world benefited from increasingly convenient internet-based payment and logistics services as e-commerce soars amid the pandemic: illegal online gambling.

And the shadowy, often offshore operators of illicit gambling sites found witting or unwitting enablers in some of China's leading tech giants according to police, who are conducting a massive crackdown on the unprecedented surge in online gambling.

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