Last month, rebels in Myanmar launched an attack on the town of Laukkaing near the Chinese border, resulting in the ousting of the ruling mafia families and the liberation of trafficked workers. The attack targeted the town’s notorious scam centers and casinos, run by local Chinese mafia members, effectively taking control of the lawless Shan State town.
Following the takeover, the freedom fighters took several Chinese mafia members hostage and freed workers who had been held against their will in the scam centers. These trafficked workers, forced to work in the illicit facilities by the mafia families, were finally released.
In a recent report by BBC, it was revealed that a group of mafia members, including three Chinese warlords, were handed over to Beijing. A total of 10 individuals, involved in illegal activities such as running scam centers and trafficking Chinese nationals, were transported to China via a chartered flight.
Three of the individuals, identified as Chinese warlords Bai Suocheng, Liu Zhengxiang, and Wei Chaoren, were known to have led three out of the four families that had controlled Laukkaing. The town had become a major hotspot for gambling and other illicit activities, including scams and violent crimes, near the border with China.
The four mafia families had ruled Laukkaing for years, turning it into a thriving hub for mainland Chinese visitors attracted to its casinos. However, the illicit operations also involved holding visitors against their will and forcing them to work in the scam facilities.
The rebels’ attack and the extradition of the triad warlords mark a significant shift for Laukkaing, which had also become known for violent crimes and money laundering.
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, police confirmed the arrest of 347 individuals in a three-day operation targeting entertainment venues and illegal establishments allegedly linked to triads. The detainees are suspected of engaging in various unlawful activities, including sex trafficking, gambling, and drugs.