Security Bureau says 20 HK residents stranded in Cambodia have requested for help since January, 8 lost contact, 10 have returned

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18th August 2022 – (Hong Kong)  Police said today that it has received 14 related requests for assistance so far this year, reporting that the victims have fallen into job-hunting or online romance scams overseas. The related cases overlap with the 17 requests for assistance received by the Immigration Department so far. Police are currently investigating the case.

The spokesperson for the Security Bureau said during media briefing at 5pm today that a special investigation team has been set up to investigate the case, and the authorities had received help from 20 Hong Kong residents in Cambodia since January this year, of which 12 were safe and 10 had returned to Hong Kong. As for the remaining 8 Hong Kong residents who lost contact, it is believed that their personal freedom is restricted and he stressed that the government would try its best to provide assistance.

Since January this year, the “Contact the Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit” of the Hong Kong Immigration Department has received help from the family members of 17 Hong Kong residents, saying that their family members are suspected to have lost contact in Thailand/Myanmar/Cambodia/Laos. The unit understands that 12 Hong Kong residents have left the area safely. 5 of the them are believing to be still stranded in the forced labour camps in Cambodia.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner’s Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong stated that it will maintain close communication with the Immigration Department, the Consular Protection and Services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the embassies of relevant countries, and continue to follow up on the progress of the case. It refers to the complicated security situation in Myanmar and Hong Kong residents are advised to stay vigilant and avoid going to the areas. They should stay away from illegal activities such as online fraud and gambling.

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