China is famous for its booming e-commerce scene. Indeed, with various e-commerce plateforms, several days dedicated to online shopping such as Single’s Day, or with an application enabling purchases directly in a few clicks from social media on your phone, the Chinese market is definitely a massive one.
But besides e-commerce, a new trend is emerging.
More and more online gambling networks
Even though gambling has been around for years on the Internet, it has started making noise in China. Gambling has been illegal since 1949 and is severely punished by the government.
Arrests have recently been made in China: since July 2015, 98 people were arrested for opening hundreds of online casinos. Players from many countries seemed to come to these websites and the bets reached nearly 80 million dollars. It appears some gambling dens where located in Guangdong and Hunan provinces and more than ten were closed down by authorities.
Crime is made easier by Internet
Crimes are more frequent then ever in China, and Internet is not making things easier for authorities. Beside gambling, another issue is getting more common: duplicated products. Counterfeits are already a big deal in China, and e-commerce has spread the practice even more. The process would be the following: counterfeit products would be presented as legal ones on online platforms, along with a receipt which is supposed to prove it is authentic. It is nowadays more and more difficult for consumers to distinguish a counterfeit from a real product, since even duplicated receipts are of good quality.
China has the world’s largest number of Internet users (they were 642 million in 2014) and it is not surprising that such practices happen more and more. Regulations were made stricter and arrests should continue.