Thai security agencies were told to monitor transborder smuggling and human trafficking ahead of the country’s November reopening.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha vowed that laws will be strictly enforced on offenders, even if – as they always are – smuggling operations are aided by corrupt police, soliders and local administrators.
After a meeting of the Defense Council, Defense Deputy spokesman Col. Wanchana Sawasdee said the prime minister ordered the armed forces and the police to support the safe reopening of the country, as well as to guard against illegal entry and punish individuals involved with human trafficking.
Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Kongcheep Tantrawanich explained that intelligence units expect some issues stemming from members of minority groups in Myanmar attempting illegal entry into Thailand after the rainy season ends.
He said the prime minister has therefore ordered the monitoring of illegal entry along land and water passageways that line Thailand’s western border.
Border patrol activity is being ramped up in accordance with the prime minister’s call and more synergy in intelligence work will be pursued among relevant agencies. However, authorities have been told to remain cautious of the eastern border, where illegal entries were still being made by migrant workers.
Kongcheep said the monitoring of Rohingya people was also needed, as Thai and Myanmar smugglers and officials have previously been involved in human trafficking.