Li Yayuanlun, the 31-year-old Chinese man who previously claimed he had been kidnapped as a “blood-slave” in Cambodia, reportedly fabricated his story, according to the Chinese embassy.
Li had allegedly been lured into a false job advertisement by a gang before he was abducted and sold into another gang running an online fraud company who had used him as a “blood slave” for months, according to previous news reports. He then had supposedly managed to escape while in a poor physical state and was admitted to a hospital on Feb. 12.
The Chinese Embassy requested Cambodian police conduct an investigation after the case caused a stir on Chinese social media. They concluded on Monday that Li’s story was a “fabrication.”
The Cambodian police informed the embassy that Li had been smuggled into Cambodia before he contracted a serious liver disease, which led him to ask for assistance from a local social organization, according to the Sixth Tone.
While no names were publicized, the police have detained three people who reportedly assisted Li in fabricating his story to hide his illegal entry into Cambodia.
The case will be transferred to the Cambodian judicial authorities, according to the Global Times.
The Chinese embassy remains “highly concerned” about the case and will continue to follow up on it to “protect the legitimate rights and interests of relevant parties under the legal framework of China and Cambodia,” according to The Star. The embassy has also called on Chinese people residing in Cambodia to “abide by the laws of both countries,” urging them not to engage in deception.
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