Moroccan YouTuber vanishes in Myanmar while investigating abduction of fellow countrymen

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Moroccan YouTuber vanishes in Myanmar while investigating abduction of fellow countrymen

Moroccan YouTuber Adam Taoufiq, popularly known as “New Battuta,” has gone missing under mysterious circumstances. He ventured into Myanmar’s perilous “Golden Triangle” region to produce content shedding light on the plight of abducted Moroccans in the area.

According to the Moroccan news website Hespress, the last communication Taoufiq’s family had with the YouTuber was on 23 May. During that conversation, he informed his father that he was currently in Vietnam and on his way to Laos.

Hespress reported that there was growing concern over the situation, as Taoufiq had always made a point to stay in constant communication with his family while on his travels.

Another Moroccan YouTuber, Amjad Rami, who was with Taoufiq before his disappearance said: “He was with me in Vietnam and he told me about his wish to go to the Golden Triangle area.”

The Golden Triangle refers to the border area between Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, where armed gangs are active and where foreigners often have their passports confiscated when visiting.

At least 140 Moroccans are believed to have been lured to the area with promises of employment and abducted by armed gangs, with some reports suggesting that many were forced to work in Internet phishing scams for over 12 hours a day.

They have also been subjected to torture, with the gangs demanding ransoms of over $10,000 US dollars for their release.

Moroccan authorities have opened a judicial investigation into the matter, taking testimonies from victims and their families. They have called on Moroccans to be careful of Internet scams and false offers of employment.


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