In November, insurgents in Myanmar, opposing the country’s authoritarian regime, carried out an attack on and seized control of the border town of Laukkaing near China. This takeover of the lawless Shan State town resulted in crackdowns on scam centers and casinos in the region.

As a result of the attack, local Chinese mafia members, who had previously been in charge of the gambling establishments, were taken captive. Moreover, the freedom fighters also liberated workers who had been held there against their will. These trafficked workers had been forcibly employed in scam centers by the local mafia families.

According to BBC, a few mafia members, identified as warlords, have been handed over to Beijing. A total of 10 individuals, allegedly involved in illegal activities such as operating scam centers and trafficking Chinese nationals, were transported to China via a chartered flight.

Out of the total, three were identified as Chinese warlords who had ruled Laukkaing. This list includes Bai Suocheng, Liu Zhengxiang, and Wei Chaoren. These individuals were purportedly leaders of three out of the four families that controlled the town, which is situated near the border with China and had become a major center for gambling and other illicit activities, including scams and violent crimes.

The four mafia families had ruled Laukkaing for years, transforming the town from a impoverished area into a hub that lured visitors from mainland China, particularly with its casinos. Many mainland visitors were enticed to visit the town and gamble, an activity that is banned in China. However, some found themselves ensnared by the mafia members who held them against their will and coerced them to work in the notorious scam facilities.

Apart from gambling and scam operations, the region also gained notoriety for other violent crimes and money laundering. Nevertheless, the rebels’ attack in November and the repatriation of the three triad warlords to China marks a significant change for Laukkaing.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, authorities in Hong Kong confirmed the arrest of 347 individuals following a three-day operation. The raids targeted entertainment venues and illegal establishments allegedly linked to triads. The detainees are suspected of involvement in various illicit activities, including sex trafficking, gambling, and drugs.

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