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Life for Afghans got worse after the Taliban seized power. Now foreign aid is drying up
LONGREADS FEATURE: The Taliban are in dire need of foreign aid to fix their war-torn country, but their anti-female laws make them a pariah to the detriment of millions of Afghans. Reporting from across Kabul, Kandahar Province and southern Afghanistan.
Cambodia’s modern slavery nightmare: the human trafficking crisis overlooked by authorities
REPORT: Despite promises by government to eradicate trafficking rings, people are still being sold in Cambodia and forced to run online scams
How the Taliban’s ‘War on Drugs’ Could Backfire
FEATURE: The purported ban on opium and ephedra devastates poor farmers, enriches the Taliban, and has done nothing to curb addiction. Feature reported from Kandahar and Kabul, Afghanistan.
‘After the War, People are Still Very “Us Versus Them”’
REPORT: Coverage from Bosnia and Herzegovina on the recent General Election and how the country’s complicated past continues to shape present realities
Laos’ criminal casino empire: Chinese gangsters suspected of running brothels and online scams, and trafficking humans, animal parts and drugs
PRINT MAGAZINE FEATURE: Laos’ Golden Triangle Economic Zone is home to the Kings Romans Casino, run by ex-triad boss Zhao Wei, and a number of prison-like call centres for online scams.
The online scammer targeting you could be trapped in a South-East Asian fraud factory
Feature in Sunday Print Edition on the scale of online scams and the sinister modern slavery compounds in Southeast Asia where many trafficking victims are held and forced to scam.
Inside Southeast Asia’s Casino Scam Archipelago
In-depth Feature: Special Economic Zones and self-governing statelets across the Mekong region have become conduits for human trafficking on a massive scale.
Criminogenic casinos and illicit trade in environmental commodities in South East Asia
Contributor to major report on criminogenic casinos and illicit trade in environmental commodities in South East Asia. Produced for the NGO Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime.
Khmer Rouge Tribunal, helping Cambodians heal, nears end
REPORT: Hybrid UN-Cambodia court has been criticised for its slow pace and lack of convictions, but experts say it forced the country to confront the horrors of its past.
Central Asia Is Turning Back to Moscow
FEATURE, ANALYSIS, PHOTOJOURNALISM: With the United States off the scene, Russia is more appealing than China. Reporting from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Myanmar’s Opposition Is Forming Fragile Alliances With Armed Ethnic Groups
REPORT: The National League for Democracy struggles with its history of oppressing its would-be allies.
Modern slavery in the Mekong’s casinos
Expert Blog Post for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime on the growth of online scam centres and human trafficking in Southeast Asian casinos.
Cambodia’s shady nightlife scene tests COVID success
REPORT: Investigation into the links between human trafficking, Cambodia's shady casino industry and the country's sudden surge of Covid-19 cases after nearly a year of success.
How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic
FEATURE: In-depth report on how drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services by mimicking the PR strategies of legal businesses.
Cambodia’s Post-Pandemic Law and Order
REPORT: Amid economic crisis, sweeping new legislation on “public order” would stifle dissent—and effectively criminalize people for being poor.