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Cambodia deports 89 suspects in online scam to China

AP  |  Phnom Penh 

today deported nearly 100 Chinese citizens accused of defrauding people in in an internet scam, a senior said.

Gen Ouk Haiseila, of the Immigration Investigation Bureau, said the 89 suspects, including 15 women, were flown out of the Cambodian capital on two planes sent by the

He said members of the group contacted women in over and tricked them into sending nude or erotic photos, then extorted money by threatening to spread the

said they were arrested last month after a police investigation.

by Chinese gangs that operate from foreign countries and target mainland Chinese are common throughout Since 2012, has sent at least 1,000 Chinese and Taiwanese residents involved in such schemes to

The gangs, who use the internet and internet phone services, have also been caught operating as far afield as and

The arrests have caused controversy because suspects from are usually deported directly to China in deference to Beijing, which views as its own territory without sovereign legal status.

rejects China's claim to its territory and wants its citizens returned there.

The deportations highlight Beijing's efforts to assert its sovereignty over Taiwan, and the leverage it wields over smaller nations to achieve that.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 21:25 IST