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Cryptocurrency Firm Tether Freezes $225 Million Linked to Human Trafficking

Cryptocurrency stablecoin firm Tether has voluntarily frozen $225 million worth of its cryptocurrency. This was after it was reported Tether was linked to a human trafficking syndicate in Southeast Asia.

Tether froze the $225 million after the DOJ and the U.S. Secret Service launched an investigation into a human trafficking group that was using Tether for a worldwide “pig butchering romance scam.”

Pig butchering romance scams by definition are “A type of fraud in which criminals lure victims into digital relationships to build trust before convincing them to invest in cryptocurrency platforms.”

According to a Tether press release, authorities were able to track the illicit funds by “analyzing the flow of those funds through the blockchain.”

Per Reuters:

Crypto firm Tether said on Monday that it had frozen $225 million worth of its cryptocurrency which it said had been linked to a human trafficking group in Southeast Asia.

The U.S. Secret Service asked Tether to freeze the tokens during a “months-long investigative effort” by Tether and the crypto exchange OKX, Tether said in a blog post, without giving details about the scope or timescale of the investigation.

Tether and OKX collaborated with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on the investigation, Tether said without elaborating.

The crypto tokens were “linked to an international human trafficking syndicate in Southeast Asia responsible for a global “pig butchering” romance scam,” Tether said.

CEO of Tether Paolo Ardoino stated, “Our recent assistance to the Department of Justice underscores our dedication to fostering a secure environment.”

In 2011, the co-founder of Tether, Brock Pierce, was invited to speak at Jeffery Epstein’s Mindshift event at Epstein’s island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Pierce attended the event just 18 months after Epstein was convicted as a sex offender.

  • Wyatt Earp says:

    Oh, wait a minute! Biden and MAYORKAS are two of the biggest human trafficking of children! But FBI AND DOJ DOES NOTHING!

    • 18 says:

      @Wyatt Earp. 1.) Crypto that is used right now in europe, asia, africa use a “social credit score” in order for a person not to be cut off they have to have a good score. If that person/people dont, they get thier “wallet” cut off. 2.) Crypto has been a scam since day 1, you have to have internet in order to access it, this leads to the environment being doused with wifi signal and 5g, not good, youll never be able to spend on what you want because the govt watches, if you spend on something they dont like.. they cut off your “wallet” cash free is not at all whats best for people. A backed currency, ie. Gold,silver, rare earth elements, is the best way, they cannot print if they dont have anything to back the printing.

  • diane baker says:

    That’ what happens every day coming across our borders, north and south.

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