China – According to the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, its police force has investigated over 17,000 cross-border gambling cases. It closed about 3,400 online gaming sites and 2,800 illegal payment platforms.
The ministry imprisoned a total of 110,000 suspects. Zhao Kezhi, Minister of Public Security, confirms that the tough stance on cross-border gambling would be maintained. He went on to say that stricter steps will take place.
“To achieve the best legal deterrence, we must strictly prohibit and discourage the soil of cross-border gambling,” Zhao said. “We must instill a deep anti-gambling culture.”
China currently uses a “blacklist system” for cross-border gambling tourist destinations. The system protects Chinese visitors while also better regulates the tourism industry. The new criminal law in China went into effect on March 1.
According to GGRAsia, China recently announced that 89 citizens no longer held valid passports due to alleged cross-border gambling involvement. Moreover, the ministry barred them from leaving the country for three years.
Furthermore, the Public Security Department in Guangdong province had urged those involved in cross-border gambling to surrender by April 30 in return for leniency.