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China Vows to Protect Against Online Casino Sites

Raids on Internet cafes have been launched by the Chinese government over the past year in an effort to ‘protect’ its citizens from succumbing to the dangerous charms of online casino gambling. Recently, China’s content providers and Internet media have vowed to monitor and help stop the ‘unhealthy content’, such as online casino gambling, from reaching its online casinos fans. The call to ‘take the pledge’ was made at a regular meeting held by the Internet News Service Work Committee under the Internet Society of China (ISC).

‘In 2005 alone, we received 127,010 complaints from the public, including 8.15 percent about gambling frauds,’ said Li Jiaming of the ISC. It seems that many Chinese citizens feel that online casino gambling is an unhealthy activity, although the country has a long history and tradition of gambling. Online casino sites are still fairly new to Chinese society, but they have seemed to catch on in popularity, even with the many complaints and resistance they have experience thus far.

China, with 111 million Internet users, is the world’s second largest Internet market only after the United States. This fact definitely points to a large audience and population for online casino sites to reach and hopefully, impress. With so many people, online casino sites know that a large amount will want to play, even if it means breaking the law. Like in the US, where online gambling is illegal, China is not only protecting its citizens from the consequences of online gaming, but also from risking jail and imprisonment. How this situation will continue is unknown, but the future will eventually reveal its course.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.