Cambodia deports telephone fraud suspects to China

Police in Cambodia say they have deported 17 telephone fraud suspects to China among hundreds of alleged scam artists who have been caught and expelled in recent years.

The Interior Ministry's immigration investigation chief says the 17 were flown out Wednesday from the airport in Sihanoukville in southern Cambodia. Another 14 suspects are scheduled to leave this weekend from Siem Reap in the northwest.

Gen. Ouk Haiseila says the two groups were being repatriated to different Chinese provinces for detention.

He says the gang would target rich people and civil servants in China, contact women over social media, trick them into exchanging nude or sexy photos then extort money from them by threatening to circulate the pictures online.