“Everyone who hears the name is afraid”

While Manchester City was celebrating its latest Premier League triumph, a young man was running for his life from a Cambodian “cyber slavery” compound connected to the club’s mysterious betting partner 8XBet.

By Jack Kerr

The CCTV footage marks the date as 22 May. In Manchester, the blue half of town was still celebrating their latest Premier League trophy, lifted just a few hours prior. At the same time, on the other side of the world, a security camera would capture a sickening scene that potentially casts a very dark shadow over a sponsor that helped make Manchester City’s triumph possible.

The CCTV footage shows the exact time a young man decided to run for his life as 05:52:59. Just after sunrise in the infamous Cambodian bordertown of Bavet. 

“In the last two years, Bavet has become one of South-East Asia’s most lawless cities,” says Nathan Southern, a specialist in non-traditional security threats, particularly in this region.

Long regarded as an organised crime hotspot under the control of Cambodian and Vietnamese gangsters, he says Bavet has exploded with "cyber slavery" compounds in recent years. 

Such industrial-scale cyber scam operations are rife across South-East Asia. Many ...

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