China ramps up crackdown on illegal gambling

Thirty people have been given prison terms for up to six years for running casinos in South China’s Yunnan Province.

The founder of Kunming Tangchen Entertainment Company, Wang Lijuan, was sentenced to six years in jail for running casinos, according to Qilin District People’s Court in Qujing City.

Wang and another 29 accomplices were given terms of between five and a half years to six years. They were accused of providing gambling machines to a number of amusement arcades.

In November, China’s MInistry of Public Security announced it was to intensify its monitoring of land-based entertainment venues for signs of gambling and prostitution. Last week, Guangdong authorities announced the launch of a crackdown on the online promotion of gambling and prostitution, dubbed Net Orlole.