Trafficked Man Forced to Target Westerners with Crypto Scams

Trafficked Man’s Ordeal

A Malaysian man who responded to a job ad on Facebook was trafficked to Cambodia and forced to engage in crypto scams. The man, known as John, lost his job during the Covid-19 pandemic and was offered a customer service job at a Cambodian casino.

Held Captive and Forced to Scam

Upon arrival in Cambodia, John’s passport was confiscated, and he was locked up in a compound for four months. He was forced to target Canadians and other English-speaking Westerners for a crypto scam known as pig-butchering. John was expected to entice 15 new victims per day.

Escape and Rescue

John attempted to escape using an online messaging app but was caught and sold to another scam company. He reached out to the International Justice Mission (IJM), which worked with authorities to rescue him.

Traffickers’ Target Profile

IJM’s country director for Cambodia, Jake Sims, says traffickers target people who speak multiple languages, are college-educated, and are tech-savvy. These individuals are often desperate for work and willing to take high-risk employment opportunities.

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