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INTERPOL chief Jean Michelle Louboutin says massive earnings lay behind the cross-continental gambling crackdown that is illegal.
INTERPOL has established the arrests of 1,400 people across East Asia; the result of the six-week campaign to split up illegal gambling sites in the area. The operation, code-named Operation SOGA V, had been a joint effort between police from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam, and coordinated by INTERPOL, and saw the seizure of almost $12 million.
Prohibited gambling is rife in East Asia, and bets placed through the gambling syndicates, which are generally controlled by organized crime, dwarf the legal European and North American gambling markets many times over. Since it is clandestine and unregulated, it’s difficult to put a figure in simply how much the market is actually worth, but Foreign Policy mag recently estimated that maybe it’s around $450 billion.
It’s also believed that $140 billion in dirty cash is laundered through the market each year. INTERPOL said this week that the organizations broken up in the raid that is latest were estimated to possess managed around $2.2 billion worth of bets, most of those through illegal online gambling sites.
‘ The results of this operation that is latest SOGA are significant in relation to the amount of bets being handled by these illegal gambling dens, along with the number of arrests,’ said Jean-Michel Louboutin, INTERPOL’s e ادامه مطلب