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HRC Briefing: Cyber Slavery in the Scamming Compounds

Cyber slavery is emerging as a form of organised crime of unprecedented severity and scale. Conservative estimates suggest that tens of thousands of victims are held captive in scamming compounds. While getting spammed with fraudulent messages is now an everyday occurrence, this inconvenience may actually be rooted in a malignant new form of modern slavery. As the scamming activities operate virtually, those running the rackets can easily shift their operations from one country to another. This makes it extremely hard to combat the crime by physically arresting the criminals (e.g. raid and rescue). We urgently need a systemic and coordinated approach from governments and NGOs.