China vows to impose stricter anti-gambling punishments
The Ministry of Public Security of China has pledged to keep on imposing strict anti-gambling punishments after the country recorded an increase in cross-border gambling.
The Ministry further went on to state that police operations since 2020 have arrested over 110,000 suspects in more than 17,000 cross-border gambling incidents. Over 3,400 iGaming platforms and 2,800 payment services were found and immediately closed as well.
State councillor and minister of public security, Zhao Kezhi, explained in a meeting yesterday the country’s plan of action in order to further restrict illegal gambling across the mainland.
The Minister went on to applaud the police’s efforts in these crackdowns and pledged to keep these tight measures in place in hopes of protecting China’s “economic security, social stability and national image”. He also said that harsh punishments awaited the offenders, along with severe penalties.
This is not the first time China heightens its efforts in putting an end to illegal gambling as its previous efforts ended up with the creation of an amnesty in February of this year, when all who were involved were able to confess their part in the illegal acts in order to avoid the more severe punishments, as they were providing information to the police.