Weibo said it identified over 6.4m unauthorized gambling promotions and closed more than 3m illegal gambling accounts in just the second half of 2019. Weibo ‘disposed of’ 360k short links for gambling and ‘vulgar diversions’ in the final three months of the year.
Total sales over the first 11 months of 2019 are down 11.6% to RMB377.65b ($54.2b), with sports lotteries down 8.4% to RMB210.65b and welfare lotteries falling 15.3% to RMB167b. Among China’s regional lottery administrators, only Sichuan province reported a year-on-year improvement in 2019 to date (and that gain was extremely modest).
Opened last year on the fringes of the Makati business district, Manila’s Wall Street, the club became known as a place where men would spend big money on booze and women. The decadence ended on Sept. 30, when officers from the National Bureau of Investigation, or NBI, barged in and rescued 95 women — 91 of them Chinese — believed to be victims of sex trafficking. Seven Chinese men and seven local cohorts were arrested.
In the statement, AGTech added that the deal with Alibaba should have a significant impact on the success of these lottery systems. “Through Alibaba Group’s physical new retail distribution channel and networks, supplying the relevant hardware products in relation to Alibaba Group’s new retail initiatives allows the group to bring lottery opportunities and resources to more customers, therefore presenting direct opportunities for the further development of the group’s domain expertise of lottery technology and services.”
The police have not yet found the leader behind the call center. Zaini said that they have Chinese nationals as their clients, and all the transfers were made directly to the banks in China.