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Gambling gang in Qingpu busted

POLICE have busted a gang in suburban Qingpu District which allegedly entrapped teenagers into gambling and then forced them into debt.

The police said they have so far confirmed nine cases in which the victims were cheated of about 350,000 yuan (US$51,528) in total.

The gang leader, Zhou Huabo, has been detained, along with 16 others.

Lu Haiquan, an officer who investigated the scams, said the gang first lured the teenagers, usually those with bad academic records, to join underground gambling, set up by Zhou, police said.

The gang members would then lend money to the students, who would fall into their trap and lose all the money. They were then forced to write IOUs to Zhou.

The gang would even threaten the students' families if they failed to pay up. Most of the parents would comply, just to get rid of the gang.


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