The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) can boast noticeable achievements combating illicit sports betting activities in Asia, which became especially popular on the eve of the 2016 UEFA European Championship.
Representatives of the intergovernmental organization that facilitates international police cooperation reported that the anti-betting actions of the police had led to the arrest of over four thousand persons. Interpol also managed to confiscate 13.6 million dollars of wagers.
The law enforcements from China, France, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam made 4,000 raids on underground betting offices.
Thirty-three individuals were arrested in Cambodia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines. They were accused of online betting and wagering on mobile devices. The police managed to stop operations of three betting portals in Thailand.
According to the police officials, the successful operations can be explained by the cooperation between law enforcements of different countries and professional skills of the police officers. The total number of arrests for the last six operations reached 12,500. And the amount of confiscated funds is 53 million dollars.
The police of Singapore can also boast significant achievements in their constant struggle against illegal gambling and betting. In particular, the police arrested 39 individuals, confiscating over $482,000. In cooperation with banks, it has become possible to freeze huge amounts of fraudsters on their accounts. Now they donít have access to these funds.
The success of the operations was confirmed by Chan Lok-wing, a representative of the Hong Kong police. He emphasized that the police had succeeded in confiscating the biggest amounts of money in the history of such operations.
One of the aims of Interpol is to stop illegal betting on the outcome of football championships. For example, the 2014 FIFA World Cup caused an increase in revenues of illegal sports betting operators. However, the successful anti-wagering campaign resulted in 1,400 arrests.