On 25 March, the Jamestown Foundation published an article saying that Chinese organized crime groups have also expanded their activities to become a regional problem alongside the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The expansion of Chinese organised crime across Asia encompasses multiple areas of activity: online fraud (including pyramid schemes), online gambling, human trafficking (for slavery and prostitution), animal or animal parts trafficking (for use in traditional Chinese medicine), and money laundering (of the proceeds of crime from the PRC). It says that the most notable locations are Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines. It argues that the scale of Chinese organised crime activities in these 4 countries raises the critical question on the impact on the other countries in the BRI, and that BRI may also be a highway for Chinese organized crime to spread and have a global impact.
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