BEIJING : Chinese on-line classifieds platform 58.com has come underneath heavy criticism in China after a Chinese nationwide stated he was tricked by considered one of its job ads to change into the sufferer of a human trafficking ring in Cambodia.
The firm, China’s equal of Craigslist, informed state media on Thursday it will cooperate with a police investigation in Cambodia though it had “not yet established” whether or not the fraudulent job advert had been on its platform.
On Wednesday, the Beijing Youth Daily revealed an interview with the person who stated he had been trafficked final June after going to the southwestern area of Guangxi in response to a job advert on 58.com for work as a nightclub bouncer.
He stated he was smuggled to the Cambodian coastal metropolis of Sihanoukville by a legal gang and later pressured to work for varied telemarketing fraud schemes. In September, his captors started finishing up repeated extractions of blood from him after he refused to work, which put his life in hazard.
The Chinese embassy in Cambodia on Thursday in a press release gave his surname as Li and confirmed components of his story, however didn’t point out 58.com.
“The Chinese embassy in Cambodia once again reminds Chinese citizens who want to work in Cambodia to follow formal channels and not to believe in false adverts for high-paying jobs,” the assertion stated.
Sihanoukville has in current years seen a surge of Chinese funding and immigration, primarily in the on line casino enterprise, which is banned in mainland China.
Illegal on-line playing operations focusing on the mainland market are sometimes run in abroad territories like Cambodia or the Philippines, the place enforcement is much less strict.
58.com’s response to state media went viral on Friday, drawing over 200 million views on Chinese social media platform Weibo, the place customers accused 58.com of a variety of unethical practices, from the excessive variety of scams on the platform to the indiscriminate buy and promoting of person knowledge.
58.com couldn’t be instantly reached for remark. The firm in 2020 was taken non-public by a consortium of buyers who have been backed by non-public fairness corporations Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic.
(Reporting by Eduardo Baptista and Brenda Goh)