Cambodia's Casino Gamble


Posted by Ed 4 mths ago

A Chinese casino empire to rival Macau is investing big in Cambodia, transforming a once-sleepy seaside town into a hub for gangsters and shady operators.

Money is pouring into Sihanoukville, as thousands of workers labour day and night, building soaring skyscrapers at break-neck speed.

"It's positioning to be the Las Vegas of the East," says Chinese businessman, Wang Zhi Lang. "There are many who get rich overnight, so that attracts many Chinese investors here."

The chance to make fast money is not only attracting investors. It's also drawing Chinese cartels notorious for their violence and sparked fears that crime has become rampant in the city, particularly money laundering.

Casino operators say the booming industry is creating thousands of jobs in Sihanoukville, but 101 East finds evidence of underage workers and exploitation.

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