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The government of Colombia has announced that they are gearing up to block access to 300 gambling operators throughout the country.
ColJuegos, the country's gaming regulator, announced that they have requested that the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communication begin blocking access to the offending sites. The move comes as online gaming continues to grow in the South American country, as it's estimated that the average citizen wagers €4.40 per day illegally. Those numbers are costing the government €109 million annually in lost tax revenues, as regulated operators pay taxes that go toward the country's healthcare system.
Speaking about the issues ColJuegos President Juan Perez Hildago said, "We are the first country in Latin America to regulate gambling, and we did it by reviewing not only legislation in Spain, France and the UK, the most advanced regulatory regimes in the industry, but also by assessing other technical elements and game trends.This [licensing] will allow us to obtain more resources for health and ensure that Colombians who use these operators are assured that they will not be taken advantage of and that operators will honor their premiums."
A full list of sites operating in the country illegally can be found here.