*Names have been changed SINGAPORE and PHNOM PENH: For some of the people hunched over computers and typing furiously, sweet-talking strangers thousands of miles away, what impels them is the threat of torture — beatings, starvation, even electrocution.
For others, it is the prospect of promotion, cash bonuses, or even the promise of drugs.The spartan room they are in is newly renovated, with rows of office desks.
Scores of mobile phones — maybe eight to 10 per person — sit in front of them as they type.They come from many places, such as China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and as far as Turkey.
Singapore, too, is represented. Most of them are men, but there are also several women.One man is chatting with a woman from Singapore; she thinks he lives there too.