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Chinese national arrested for duping, and taking Nepali citizens hostage

2023 Jul 14, 8:23, Kathmandu
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A 42-year-old Chinese national, Liang Ju, calling himself Johansson, has been arrested for duping people and taking them hostage in the name of sending them for a job in Thailand.

The victims were taken hostage in Myanmar and forced to participate in an online scam.

Originally from Gyansu Province of China and currently staying at Bijeshwori of Kathmandu Metropolitan City-15, the Chinese national was involved in duping people by luring them of jobs in Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. He also involved the victims in online scamming.

In response to a complaint against him, a team mobilized from the Human Trafficking Investigation Bureau, Babarmahal arrested him.

Liang was learnt to have taken Nepalis to Myanmar and involved them forcefully in an online scam. They were taken hostage and tortured physically and mentally. When the victims wanted to return home, he demanded ransom, the police shared the information, adding that after submitting the ransom, the victims were allowed to return home.

They were trafficked to Myanmar on July 25, 2022 while luring them to be taken to Thailand and involved in the job of computer typing, according to police investigation.

Liang had been visiting Nepal since 2018 on visitor and student visa. A gang including Liang had invested in various businesses. They used to seize Nepalis' passports and mobile phones and take them captive after reaching Myanmar. Moreover, they were forced to work for 18 to 20 hours a day on social networking sites for scamming.

The Police Headquarters shared the information that Liang's gang was defrauding the American people by making fake IDs. The Americans were lured to invest in crypto-currency, bitcoin etc.

Search for others involved in the crimes has been intensified, the Police Headquarters added.


Liang Ju Johansson arrested Chinese national Thailand hostage online scam Myanmar Kathmandu Metropolitan City Human Trafficking Investigation Bureau
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