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How China's WeChat became a grim heart of illegal animal trading

Fading classical Greek statues pose dramatically along the entrance to the Blue Shield casino in the region of Bokeo, a 10,000-hectare special economic zone in northern Laos, dubbed by some as a lawless “Sin City”. Owned by the notorious Hong Kong firm Kings Romans since 2007, a sense of tarnished grandeur lingers over the entire complex, which is three times the size of Macau, and home to a slew of hotels and shops, a zoo, a shooting range and thousands of immigrant workers who live in spartan, on-site dormitories.


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