Lengthy jail terms have been handed to 22 Chinese citizens – and a Cameroonian man – for cyber-related crimes in Zambia.

The gang’s only female convict, Gu Tianjiao, reportedly cried “papa, papa” as her seven-year sentenced was announced in the Lusaka Magistrates Court on Friday.

Some in the gang – including its mastermind Li Xianlin – received up to 11 years in prison.

The group’s members were also fined between US $1,500 and $3,000 each.

Zambian authorities say victims as far afield as Singapore, Peru and the United Arab Emirates fell prey to their online scams.

After a trial lasting several weeks, the perpetrators pleaded guilty on three charges – computer-related misrepresentation, identity-related crimes, and illegally operating a network or service.