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Kenyan Embassy in Bangkok warns against fake job offers in Thailand

Nairobi— The Kenyan Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand has expressed concern that Kenyans continue to fall prey to fake online jobs despite numerous warnings they have issued that advertised jobs are fake.

Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the embassy said many Kenyans are lured into bogus sales and customer service jobs by unscrupulous agents in Thailand, which are non-existent.

The ministry said unsuspecting victims who apply for the jobs end up in Myanmar where they are used to commit cyber crimes.

According to a ministry statement, the victims are coerced into committing the crimes under the watchful eye of Chinese networks and those who fail to secure the targeted number of clients, mostly Americans, are severely beaten and locked up for days. without food.

“The Embassy is deeply concerned that despite previous warnings in the media and online platforms, Kenyans continue to fall prey to online employment scammers, who relentlessly seek out innocent Kenyans. “, said the ministry.

“The Kenyan Embassy in Bangkok is issuing a further warning to Kenyans to stop applying for bogus sales and customer service jobs in Thailand advertised online,” the statement also said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that many officers wanted by the police are still advertising sales and customer service jobs that are supposed to be in Thailand with impunity, well aware that such jobs do not exist.

He also warned that those in those countries risked losing their bodily organs or even their lives, while others were returning home with claws and broken limbs.

“Kenyans and many other Africans working in forced labor camps are at great risk of losing their bodily organs and their lives as well in Myanmar,” the ministry said.

Although the ministry said it had repatriated 76 victims, including 10 Ugandans and 1 Burundian, it said rescue efforts have been hampered by civil unrest raging in Myanmar. Recent army operations have killed more than 60 people in the area controlled by rebel groups, which provide protection for Chinese cartels.