Angola Deports Chinese “Gangsters”

The BBC reports on the extradition of Chinese nationals who have been making an illicit living in Angola:

Angola has extradited 37 Chinese nationals, accused of extortion, kidnappings, armed robberies and running prostitution rings.

They allegedly targeted other Chinese, kidnapping businessmen for ransom and sometimes burying victims alive.

They lured women to Angola, promising well-paid jobs, but then forced them into prostitution, Chinese police said.

Tens of thousands of Chinese live in Angola, and Chinese state-run firms have large interests in the country.

As noted above, most of the victims were law-abiding Chinese nationals seeking a livelihood in Angola. AP reports on the experiences of some of those targeted:

To protect themselves, Chinese businessmen in Angola hired bodyguards, purchased bullet-proof vehicles, built homes that were difficult to access and disguised themselves when they went out, the article said.

The news site said there were 14 kidnapping cases in 2011 and five people died. Out of fear, many Chinese businesses closed down in the country’s capital of Luanda and elsewhere, it said.

[…]Another China Police article described the experience of two Chinese women lured to Angola with the promise of well-paying jobs in a Chinese restaurant there.

Once in Angola, they were forced into prostitution, the article said.

The Telegraph describes the Chinese task force assigned to deal with these “gangsters”:

In April this year Angolan and Chinese authorities signed an agreement to reinforce their battle against the criminals following a plea for help from China’s Embassy in Luanda.

Then, in July, a Chinese police task force reportedly arrived in Angola to crack down on 12 Chinese gangs and rescue 14 “victims” many of whom had been forced into prostitution. In early August 400 Chinese and Angola launched a series of raids on their targets, making 37 arrests. Twenty-four “accomplices” were arrested in the Chinese provinces of Fujian and Anhui, Xinhua reported.

August 26, 2012 4:49 PM
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