Clubs Australia and the American Gaming Association (AGA) have just confirmed in an announcement shared with mGamingWatch that they are teaming up for an effort aimed at Australia.
The organizations are uniting to call for a global approach to tackling the “unregulated, unsafe and un-taxed illegal online gambling market.”
The two organizations also committed themselves to forming an international alliance on the issue, in which both parties will collaborate to raise awareness of the risks illicit gambling websites, and work on measures to prevent their spread.
It is estimated that US and Australian residents currently spend $4 billion and $1.2 billion respectively each year on illegal overseas gambling websites.
“It’s well past time to take the threat of these illegal gambling operations seriously,” said Clubs Australia Executive Director Anthony Ball. “The proliferation of illegal online gambling is a scourge that needs to be tackled by governments world-wide, in association with legal and regulated gaming operators. Put simply, these sites are unethical and unsafe. There are no age verification checks, no harm-minimisation measures, and the revenue they generate goes to offshore tax havens – not back to the community.”