A notorious Chinese loan shark operation led to the deaths of 89 people and victimized hundreds of thousands of others before being busted by police in 2019, a documentary aired on state television revealed Saturday.
According to China Central Television, loan sharks operating out of the city of Lanzhou in the northwestern Gansu province preyed upon more than 390,000 people before local police intervened. Of them, 89 killed themselves after falling into heavy debt.
“Every day, every day, every day, every day repaying (debts). I can’t take it anymore,” one victim featured in the documentary is heard saying in a