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Trafficked and Forced to Commit Cyberscams

Beware of who you're talking to on that messaging app or social media platform. You could be a target of "pig butchering." It's a romance scam in which victims are groomed and enticed to participate in cryptocurrency schemes. These crimes also involve thousands of workers in Southeast Asia, who are forced to commit this fraud. They are often victims themselves, though of human trafficking. Read stories about the people caught in this cyberscam's web, and how you can avoid being a target.

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    From Industrial-Scale Scam Centers, Trafficking Victims Are Being Forced to Steal Billions

    From Industrial-Scale Scam Centers, Trafficking Victims Are Being Forced to Steal Billions

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    VICE - Alastair McCready

    Thousands of imprisoned and abused workers are propping up Southeast Asia’s ‘pig butchering’ industry, an online fraud emptying bank accounts across the world. Additional reporting by Koh Ewe and Gavin Butler This story contains accounts of physical abuse and human trafficking. Shortly after 2 o’clock …

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