Torture video exposed, Chinese casino over the border

| January 11th, 2010

Video from Ku6.com:

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According to the Chinese law, it is illegal to operate casinos inside of mainland China. Any individual or organization operates gambling business constitutes criminal act. So in order to avoid the crackdown, criminals in mainland China opened casinos nearby outside of the Chinese border. For various reasons, many people from mainland China go to these casinos to gamble. Let’s take a look what happened there.

Couple of days ago a program “Fazhijinxingshi” (法治进行时) on Beijing TV (BTV) received a CD which recorded horrific pictures supposedly recorded what was behind these casinos. In order to verify the authenticity of the video, reporter contacted the provider of the CD, Mr. Ouyang. He agreed to meet the report at a bath house.

Mr. Ouyang:

“I have been to this casino, really, I saw it with my own eyes. Those pictures are too cruel. I provided this to you the media, actually hoping for your coverage. Really hope that our Chinese people can save our own – Chinese people.”

Mr. Ouyang asked reporter not to reveal his picture, because it can bring him the danger of being killed. He told the reporter that this “hell on earth” is a casino inside of Laos, many Chinese people are trapped there. Coincidentally, just couple of days ago a woman named Li also contacted this program and said that she barely escaped with her life from a casino in Laos.

Ms. Li:

“Forcing us to kneel, kneeling for over 10 hours every time. They place chopsticks between our fingers, and then they squeeze the chopsticks. They used pliers to pull out the entire finger nails. Some of them are tortured and became handicapped. Some could not control their urinating and shitting.”

After confirmation, the casino Ms. Li reported was exactly the the one recorded on the CD Mr. Ouyang provided. This casino is close by the border, opened by a group of Chinese people. They trick victims from mainland China to go to Laos to gamble. Then when the victims lose money, they will be locked away and tortured. There are only two ways they can  leave the casino, pay off all the gambling debts or endure the tortures.

Reporter: “Is there really such a vicious organization?”

Ms. Li: “Yes”

Reporter: “What are the purposes of torturing you?”

Li: “So that we will hurry up and bring money from family in China.”

Laos, casino, torturing, paying ransoms and similar incidents, the program “Fazhijinxingshi” has already reported this half a year ago: Beijing University student Xiao Dong went missing. Couple of days later he contacted his family, said he was kidnapped to Laos and was trapped inside of a casino. He said to pay 300,000 yuan of ransom in order for him to go home.

Xiao Dong’s father: “Today (5/3/2009) evening must send the money over, if not they will make him handicapped.” After the incident the father told the reporter that Xiao Dong was already home but he was not willing to reveal the rescue process.

Reporter searched the internet, and there are many incidents about Chinese people trapped in casino in Laos reported by many media. But the pictures provided by Mr. Ouyang was the first time these horrific stories being exposed in such details.

Victim Ms. Li: “I think they should all die. Grinding them into meat stuffing is not enough.”

Reporter: “What would you say to the viewers?”

Li: “Don’t gamble. The sea of bitterness has no bounds, repent and the shore is at hand – It’s never too late.” (苦海无边,回头是岸)

The incident between countries can be settled through diplomatic channels. After gaining permission the Chinese police can take actions and bring criminals to justice.

People in China may think twice before go across border to these illegal casinos. Gambling is illegal in China, but maybe go on gaming sites at home still has less risks, many gaming sites can be accessible in China.

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  1. Bill Rich says:

    One must realize that these over the border casinos are necessary for the Chinese government. Government officials need a way to launder the great amount of money make with convenience of their position. Though these money making scheme is tolerated, if not sanctioned by the Party, it is necessary to have excuses in case their friends in high places get into trouble. Chinese government needs the support of all of these officials with new riches, and these officials need the Party to rule in peace and harmony. It is a great example of how the system and greed can live happily ever after.

    Having the casinos over the border has some advantages, to the Chinese government. The Chinese government can claim that it has no casinos in China, with a straight face, while enjoying the convenience of having casinos to make everything look kosher. The host countries welcome these casinos too. They bring in cash, while not affecting the local people, by simply enacting a law disallowing locals in casinos. This situation is also great for all the casino operators too, as well as the affiliated enterprises: loan sharking, entertainment, hospitality, protection, security, etc. etc. So it is a win-win-win situation for all.

    Casinos also provide great employment opportunities for the locals too. Tens of thousands of people can be employed by the casinos and other associated businesses. Therefore governments of host countries welcome these casinos, especially if they know how to protect the locals, and still keep the economy going.

    Turning a blind eye to crime in these places is a necessary way to keep the economy going. Since these crimes only affect touring Chinese people and not the locals, it is of no consequence to ignoring the criminal activities. Chinese law enforcement don’t need to worry about the criminals over the border, because they are over the border. And most Chinese people don’t need to worry about these criminals either, because most of them can’t afford to visit these places anyway.

    So, it is a perfectly normal situation that should not raise any concern.

    • Fred says:

      You really touch the heart of this pheonmenon,I assume you are not a traditional Chinese,however,I somehow appreciate your point of view.

    • pug_ster says:

      Oh gawd, do you have any proof that the Chinese government are running the casinos in Laos? Your warped view of how the Chinese government are involved in this kind of torture of people who didn’t pay the debt for gambling is hilarious.

      Boy you don’t know what kind of social problems caused as a result of gambling. I’m glad that there are no casinos in China and only the desparate would go to Laos and gamble their shirts off.

      • jay says:

        There are many casinos in China, you just dont hear about them, and they get shut down quickly only to pop up next door.

  2. jay says:

    This is not a normal situation. Don’t ever let anyone try to trick you into thinking that torture and exploitation should be accepted. Prevelant as they are, just because society has gone insane doesn’t mean you should too.

    Last time someone said that it shouldnt raise any concern, the housing bubble burst. Before that was the tech bubble. Even before that, as the Chinese gov’t remembers all to well; SARS.

  3. Kay says:

    Really cruel! maybe before you go to gambling, ask youself why you go and what the consequence will be, and whether you can afford the result.

    BTW, from local media, there are many reports about China’s extremely high housing price and people outside are talking about the bubble. can you share some papers?

  4. Jile says:

    I visited this casino a while ago. It is situated in Boten on a piece of land bought to the Laotian government by a group of Chinese, Thai and Korean “businessmen”. You enter this fairy land immediately after leaving the Chinese border. As a result, the entrance to Laos has been pushed back 4 km further South. This territory is not Laotian anymore… No rule of law.

  5. AlleyCat says:

    An a european living in a multi-cultural society with legal casino’s that are exclusively owned by the state, I have to say that the Chinese community has a reputation of being hard workers as well as voracious gamblers. It seems to me this is partly a cultural phenomenon:

    http://chinese-school.netfirms.com/casinos.html

  6. huzhang says:

    Why no legalize and regulate gambling? Seems like 1.3 billion people would need a gambling outlet sooner or later. Think of the profit too.

  7. xiaoma says:

    The psychology of the torturer is truly warped, ain’t it? Making the guy slap his own face while singing on the karaoke.

    How did that informer get the video? As if they give a preview to customers to warn them of the danger of not paying up.

    To have a casino that size, you got to have “friends” in the governments on both sides of the border.

  8. james says:

    ………..Mmeee meee meee cauuuuuuu!!!! you stupid dumb retards. get beaten the right way. Those torture methods aren’t effective.

  9. senor boogie woogie says:

    I have been to Laos three times in the last 10 years and think it’s a lovely country. I have not been in the northern areas, and these areas north of a city called Lao Prabang are not really that safe. When I took the bus to Laoprabang, a soldier entered our bus with a machine gun for out safety. Yikes.

    Is this casino legal in Laos? Or is it a bunch of Chinese gangsters?

    I have also been inside a casino in Poipet, a border city in Cambodia across from Thailand. Gambling is illegal in Thailand, so people go to this casino. Even though the casino is in Cambodia, one does not need a visa/passport to come there, just come. The border entry is after the casino. Unlike the asshats in Laos, the Cambodian casino was actually quite nice, professionally ran and legal. There were even foreigners (Europeans/maybe Americans) working the floor. I was politely shown the door because I was a scruffy, backpacker dude, but it was interesting none the less.

    Why don’t the gamblers just go to Aomen/Macau? It’s legal there. Or go to South Korea. Dunno how difficult it would be to get a visa for South Korea, but there is at least one casino in Seoul and probably others.

    • Key says:

      Interesting, thanks for sharing! that Casino in Laos was said to be in a Chinese district in Laos by the border… not sure what that means by Chinese district…

  10. Appalled says:

    Did I really read a post about how it’s ok to torture people? Really?

  11. my gambling problem have become uncontrollable in the past few years and i had to get a therapist to control it;;”

  12. my brother has a gambling problem and he just burned a thousand bucks in one night ~,.

  13. DONNIE says:

    PEOPLE NEEDS TO OPEN THEIR EYES AND CLEAR THAT WAX OUT OF THEIR EARS TOO SEE THE
    PICTURE CLEARLY WHY THERE’S CASINO BEING BUILT EVERYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD.ONE
    FOR INSTANCES CHINA,FOUNDED BY THE BACKDOOR DEAL BY THE CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT
    TO GET ELECTED INTO OFFICES.TWO,BY THE TRAFFICKING OF HUMANS.IT’S A BIG MONEY AND
    THESE ARE HARD TO SPOT IF YOU FIND ONE OF YOU LOVE ONES IS MISSING FROM YOUR VILLAGE.PEOPLE THESE DAYS ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS MONEY MONEY MONEY WHAT ELSE IS
    THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT?WHAT GOOD DOES IT DO FOR YOU IF YOU GO TO THIS PLACES TO
    GAMBLE OF YOUR SHIRTS AND BE BROKE AS HELL?ALL YOU GET WAS A STUPID COMPLIMENT
    FROM A HOSTESS AND MAKING THESE GUYS RICH WHILE YOUR FAMILY BEING STARVED.NEXT
    TIME YOU GUYS GO TO ANY CASINO CLEAR YOUR HEAD WISELY AND OPEN YOU EYES BIG AS
    BINOCULARS WHETHER IT IS LEGAL OR ILLEGAL IT DOESN’T MATTER THEY SAME YOU’RE JUST
    BEING BRAINWASHED BY THESE PEOPLE THINK THEY CARE ABOUT MAKING MONEY.WE KNEW NOTHING BEFORE IT WAS BEING BUILT AND WHERE IT’S GOING TO BE BUILT.WHY?BECAUSE THE
    CROOKS THAT SELL THE DRUGS TO THE PEOPLE THAT RAN YOUR COUNTRY AND THOSE DEALS
    THAT BEING DONE BEHIND THE DOOR THAT THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW.AM I RIGHT OR WRONG?WHOEVER THINKS THE GOVERNMENT CARES ABOUT YOU .YOU ARE A BUNCH OF
    STUPIDS NEEDS A REAL GOOD EDUCATIONS TO CATCH TO THE REAL WORLD.WHY DO YOU THINK THERE’S A MAYOR IN YOUR CITY AND THE JUDGES IN THE COURT ROOM AND THE GUY
    THAT RAN YOUR COUNTRY?JACKASS.DANG,I THOUGHT I WAS STUPID.IT TURNS THAT I AM REALLY SMARTER THAN THESE PEOPLE.THESE KIND OF CORRUPTION GOTTA STOP AND BE BAN
    FOR LIFE CAUSE PEOPLE ARE DYING AND BEING STARVED AND THE ECONOMY IS NOT GOING TURNING AROUND ANYTIME SOON.LOOK WHAT’S GOING ON IN JAPAN USE THAT AS EXAMPLE BEFORE YOU THINKING ABOUT MAKING THE RICH GUY GETTING RICH WHEN YOU WERE A
    HAPPY PERSON BEFORE.CHINA IS ON THE OTHER HAND IS JUST CHINA THEY’RE CORRUPTION
    IN THERE GOVERNMENT DO NOT CARE ABOUT ANYTHING EXCEPT CHOW MEIN AND YAO MING.SORRY NO OFFENDS BUT IT’S TRUE.

  14. DONNIE says:

    AND REALLY SERIOUS THESE PEOPLE NEEDS TO GET THAT CASINO OUT OF LAOS.WHY BUILT CASINO IF YOU WANT TO BE RICH WHY NOT BUILT SCHOOL AND A DECENT PLACES FOR
    OUR FAMILY TO TURN TO WHEN WE LOST EVERYTHING THAT WE WORK HARD FOR OUR LIFE.
    AND SET A REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW TO EMPOMER THEMSELVES TO
    SUCCEED THAT’S WHAT I CALLED A REAL GOOD GOVERNMENT NOT A HIT AND RUN FOR YOUR
    FUND.NOT WORSHIPING THE RICH AND DIE IN DITCH.ARE YOU CRAZY?WHO ARE YOU TRYING
    TO TEACH.I THINKING I ALREADY HAD GOOD LIFE AND VERY BLESSED I DON’T WANT OTHER
    CORRUPTED PIG BELLY GOING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY TO TAKE THINGS FROM ANOTHER
    CITY OR COUNTRY WHICH THEY ARE TRYING TO DO THEIR BEST TO GET BY.

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