Last week, 52 people were arrested in China for offences related to online gambling. One of the people arrested is believed to be an Australian man, according to the Australian Financial Review. China announced the arrests on the 7th of February, but it did not release the names of any of those detained.
In the report by the Australian Financial Review, the name of the Australian man was not disclosed either. However, they did report that he was born in China but held an Australian passport. They also revealed he had been arrested in the coastal province north of Shanghai, known as Jiangsu. The reports that have come out of China said that members of the online gambling group were targeted by police raids across 13 cities.
The raids were a culmination of an investigation launched in Shenyang, in north-east China. Two of those arrested are also being accused of renting out Internet servers. They had then used these to set up several online casino websites in the country. The fact that one of the people arrested is Australian is actually significant, due to events of 2016.
Back in 2016, several Crown Resorts employees were arrested for breaking Chinese gambling laws. They were marketing the gambling services of the Australian company to gamblers on the Chinese mainland. China is not the most hospitable country for gambling, with numerous crackdowns taking place over the years. Recently, China’s Ministry of Public Security announced a new gambling crackdown. China has been targeting gambling for years, but rural areas had been overlooked. This had meant they had become a breeding ground for illicit gambling activities.
The police were ordered to target illegal banking networks, which help these gambling activities thrive. There was also a campaign to stop gambling during the Chinese New Year celebrations. The biggest social media messaging app in China, WeChat, also spoke out against users gambling on the platform.