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Guangdong police offer leniency to gamblers

By Zheng Caixiong in Guangzhou | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-04-08 17:31

The police in Guangdong province are urging 37 suspects who they say participated in cross-border gambling to give themselves up before the end of the month in exchange for leniency.

"Police across the province will continue to spare no effort to crack down on gambling and related crimes in the months to come, and the suspected gamblers should not be trusting to luck," a statement released by the Guangdong Provincial Department of Public Security said on Thursday.

The gambling suspects have been on the run after police cracked a series of cross-border cases in recent months, the statement said.

Police officers from Guangdong have detained a total of 10,034 suspects after having investigated 966 cases involving cross-border gambling in the past year or so.

Meanwhile police have also shut down 836 gambling platforms, more than 200 secret banks and illegal payment platforms, 60 illegal technical service providers and supporting teams, plus 70 online gambling promoting platforms, the statement said.

A number of suspected gamblers have surrendered themselves to police in recent months, it said.

The crackdown has effectively reversed the rampant trend of cross-border gambling in the southern province, the statement added.

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