Crackdown

5,000 Arrested in Asia

Police have arrested over 5,000 people across China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand in sweeping raids targeting illegal World Cup gambling. According to Interpol, Asian authorities "identified and raided nearly 800 illegal gambling dens" that had dealt with $155 million in bets. The effort, Operation Soga III, ran from June 11 to July 11. Police seized $10 million alongside cars, bank cards, computers, and cellphones. Interpol expects that the operation will have a lasting effect on Asian gang activity, and also curb corruption, money laundering, and prostitution.