The vow this week by police to get to the bottom of a Vietnamese-run extortion gang is welcome but not actually reassuring.
The promise came after the brutal murder of a suspected mafia leader by illegal Vietnamese workers who supposedly tired of the man attempting to shake them down for money. Police say the killers butchered him. Officers detained four men accused of the murder. But Bangkok's deputy police chief said both the alleged gang leader and the illegal workers were living in Thailand thanks to bribes paid to police.
This honest statement by Pol Maj Gen Thitirat Nongharnpitak, Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy commissioner, is at the core of the problem. The vast majority of illegal aliens stay beyond the reach of the Immigration Bureau and Department of Employment in a cosy financial arrangement with the police.