Police have launched a campaign to suppress football gambling during the FIFA World Cup season, warning that young people are particularly susceptible to engaging in online gambling.
The Royal Thai Police announced its plan to suppress football gambling during the FIFA World Cup season, as new platforms such as online sites make it easier for more people to make wagers.
The police have set up a prevention and suppression center for the World Cup season to enhance their anti-gambling operations.
Police Chief Assistant Pol Lt Gen Panurat Lakboon revealed that Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas ordered the establishment of the center, with weekly meetings scheduled every Wednesday.
Sports betting is illegal in Thailand, except in the case of government-authorized horse races. However the emergence of illegal betting websites is making it easier than ever for people to gamble.
Pol Lt Gen Panurat said police operations will focus especially on young people, who can easily be lured in online betting, in addition to conventional betting practices.
The police will also be working with other government agencies, private firms and educational institutes to raise public awareness about the consequences of gambling. (NNT)