Macau: 97 illegal sites taken down in 2020

The number of crimes detected fell 81 per cent year-on-year.
The number of crimes detected fell 81 per cent year-on-year.

Macau’s police identified 125 websites but were unable to take action against all of them.

Macau.- The Macau government’s Policy Address 2021 confirms 97 websites related to illicit gambling or fraud were taken down during the first eight months of the year.

Macau’s police identified 125 websites but were unable to take legal action against all of them.

The document says that police handled 256 “gaming-related” crime cases, which represents a decline of 81.8 per cent year-on-year. But Covid-19 restrictions might explain the decrease.

In 2019, 254 illicit websites were identified and 177 were blocked. Wong Sio Chak, the city’s Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak, said during a Legislative Assembly in April that this was mainly through direct communication with overseas hosting companies rather than via formal judicial cooperation.

The Policy Address 2021 said security forces would do spot checks in casinos and crack-down on illicit money exchanges, “tip hustling” and prostitution.

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