What does the gambling sector look like?
The gambling sector in Mongla attracts all types of visitors. There is also a heavy focus on prostitution, which also attracts different sorts of people. Online gambling is also available.
Two casinos, the Diamond International and the Venetian Casino, are the main attractions. They largely focus on entertaining their VIPs, while using tough security to keep visitors in check.
The area is like a constant construction site because of expansion to try the demand from the large influx of visitors.
Some of the top accommodations command as much as $600 (£460) per night. Naturally, a lot of VIPs will have their accommodation paid by the casino in order to secure their business.
The casinos were shut down in 2005 because the Chinese government complained. These closures lasted for about a year.
Going gambling mad
Asia as a whole has seen a large increase in gambling operations in recent years. Gambling is very popular on the continent, but for many years there were not many places where people could gamble legally.
In 2016, Japan made casinos legal and resort casinos were legalized two years later. Vietnam is now expanding its gambling laws and Macau continues to thrive.
Cambodia has seen an explosion in the popularity of its casino industry and Singapore has become one of the world’s leading destinations for gambling.
As these destinations regulate more and gambling laws expand, there will be fewer instances of illegal gambling operations cropping up. This is a major source of revenue for criminal enterprises in the region, so they will no doubt do all they can to resist any further gambling expansion.