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Governor responds to casino scandal with crackdownWon Hee-ryong creates a special task force after Chinese broadcast exposes prostitution at Jeju casinos
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▲ China's state broadcaster CCTV claims sex was for sale for chips
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At his weekly policy meeting on Oct 19, Governor Won Hee-ryong announced the creation of a special task force to crack down on illegal incentives, including prostitution, to attract Chinese gamblers to the island.

Won said the province will work closely with law enforcement to ensure casinos cannot evade the law

“This strict crackdown will ensure an end to cheating and law evasion by casinos,” said Won.

A broadcast by China Central Television (CCTV) on Oct 12 highlighted a June crackdown by Chinese police that had led to the arrest of 13 Koreans and 34 Chinese recruiters across China.

The alleged illegal activities include offering nights with aspiring models and actresses for casino chips bought. It is also a crime under Chinese law to arrange gambling overseas for groups of 10 or more.

In response, Jeju casinos released a joint statement stating that the agents worked independently, although they confirmed they use multiple Chinese agencies to attract punters with high commission paid.

State-run CCTV also claimed that agents offered free hotels and tours to clients. A Beijing travel agency facilitated the illegal money transfers to local casinos.

The Chinese Consulate in Jeju told the Chosun Ilbo that there had also been a sharp increase loan sharks and passport confiscation “from operators near casinos."

The National Police Agency in Seoul announced on Oct 15 that it is working alongside the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and local governments to crack down on the illegal activities.

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