“Once they’ve crossed that border, that red line in the sea, they are Myanmar’s responsibility,” he said. He also admitted the camps uncovered by Reuters exist in breach of Thai laws.
He referred to them as “temporary shelters” for a people who ultimately want to reach Malaysia. The smugglers who run the camps “extort money from Rohingya” but police do not accept bribes from them, he said. As for the trafficking way stations in Padang Besar and Sadao, he said: “I do believe there could be more camps like these. They could be hidden deep in the jungle.”