In an example of stating the obvious, a Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner admitted Friday that migrant-smuggling networks existed, but said police were investigating.
Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapat said human-smuggling mainly happened through the border in Kanchanaburi, Chiang Rai, Tak, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces.
Police were gathering evidence, but existing information had not determined if any government officials were involved, he said.
Police were strictly guarding the border at natural crossing points, Damrongsak said.
National police chief Pol. Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk set up a special committee to unmask human-smuggling networks.
Police were also supporting the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration in blocking the transport of migrant workers out of coronavirus-control areas including Samut Sakhon Province.