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Silvia Pavlof February 8, 2023 3 min read
Macau Police Arrests DICJ Employee for Running Prostitution Website
A worker at the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) in Macau was taken into custody by the Judiciary Police (PJ) on suspicion of running a prostitution website
The arrest of the 58-year-old employee of DICJ has shaken the city of Macau. The individual had been working at the bureau for 30 years. The investigation into the case began last September when the PJ arrested 19 individuals and 54 mainland Chinese women for their involvement in the illegal operation.
Prostitution Website Ran for over 10 Years
According to the PJ, the website had been in operation for over 10 years and generated illegal profits of more than MOP 12 million ($1.5 million). The arrested employee is believed to have served as a deputy administrator or moderator of the website and received benefits from the illegal activities.
The DICJ, upon learning of the arrest, immediately suspended the employee and released a statement condemning the alleged breach of law. The bureau emphasized its commitment to handling the case in accordance with the law and to punishing the offender severely. It also announced that it would initiate internal disciplinary proceedings to hold the employee accountable for his actions.
The DICJ is a key player in the regulation and supervision of the gaming industry in Macau, and the alleged involvement of one of its employees in illegal activities has raised concerns among the public. The bureau has assured Macau residents that it will take all necessary measures to uphold the integrity of the gaming industry and maintain the trust of the people.
The recent arrest has shed light on the need for continued vigilance and efforts to combat illegal activities in the gaming industry. The DICJ has shown its determination to root out any corruption or criminal behavior within its ranks and to maintain the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.
PJ Recently Busted an Illegal Gambling Scheme
PJ has been busy clamping down on the gambling industry in the past month. At the beginning of January, an extensive police operation resulted in a crackdown on an illegal online gambling ring operating in Macau and beyond.
15 residents of Macau, along with 27 individuals from various provinces in mainland China, were arrested by the Macau PJ and Guangdong Province police. The suspects, aged between 29 and 66 years, are believed to be part of a criminal group that operated an online gambling platform with servers located overseas.
The platform offered various gambling games, including some developed by the group, and sports betting on soccer. It is estimated to have accepted wagers worth RMB 18.5 billion ($2.8 billion) since its launch in 2017, generating profits of at least RMB 25 million ($3.7 million).