On the night of November 1 local time, the Essex police issued a statement saying that they believe that the 39 victims of the truck body case on October 23 are Vietnamese citizens.
The next day, Vietnams Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling it a serious humanitarian tragedy and strongly condemning crimes such as human trafficking.
According to the BBC, Vietnam and Britain are now identifying the victims. British police say they have identified some of the victims, but have yet to release any specific information.
On the night of November 1 local time, the Essex police issued a statement saying that the 39 victims were Vietnamese citizens. /Screenshot from Essex police official website
On October 23, 39 bodies were found in a container truck in Essex, UK, which attracted global attention. British police initially said the victims may be Chinese, but eventually said they should be Vietnamese citizens.
In recent days, a number of Vietnamese families said that their relatives were most likely among the 39 victims. Earlier, Vietnamese media revealed that a 26-year-old Vietnamese woman Pham thitramy sent a message to her family on the night of the 22nd that Im dying, I cant breathe. There was no news of her ever since.
How is the investigation going?
After the case, Britain and Vietnam arrested several suspects.
According to the BBC, Maurice Robinson, a 25-year-old truck driver, was arrested immediately after the crime. On October 28 local time, Robinson appeared in court and was charged with 39 murders, conspiracy to traffic in human beings, conspiracy to engage in illegal immigration, money laundering, etc. Prosecutors believe Robinson is part of a global chain of human trafficking.
In addition to Robinson, three other people arrested by British police are now on bail. But police are looking for a pair of Northern Ireland brothers, Ronan Hughes, 40, and Christopher Hughes, 34. The two are suspected of murder and human trafficking.
British police are looking for a pair of Northern Ireland brothers. /Visual China
In Ireland, Eamon Harrison, a 22-year-old truck driver in Northern Ireland, has been arrested and tried in Dublins Supreme Court on November 1 local time on 39 counts of murder, human trafficking and illegal immigration. According to the guardian, Essex police in the UK have launched extradition proceedings and will extradite him from Ireland to the UK for trial.
In Vietnam, police also arrested two people for human trafficking. According to the New York Times, Vietnamese police arrested two people in the central province of hatinh and summoned several people for helping others illegally cross the country.
How did Vietnam react?
After British police said the victims were Vietnamese citizens, Vietnams Foreign Ministry issued a statement on November 2, saying this is a serious humanitarian tragedy and strongly condemns crimes such as human trafficking.
Vietnam also called on all countries in the world to work together to combat human trafficking and never tolerate similar tragedies happening again, the statement said. Vietnam hopes that the British side can complete the corresponding investigation as soon as possible and severely punish the murderer who caused the tragedy.
Screenshot of the official website of the Ministry of foreign affairs of Vietnam.
In addition, according to the Vietnam daily express, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Chun Phu expressed condolences to the victims and condolences to their families after receiving the report of the case of the Essex van body hiding from the Vietnamese foreign ministry. Nguyen also instructed the Vietnamese Ministry of public security and the Ministry of foreign affairs to send a delegation to the UK to cooperate with related follow-up work.
The problem of trafficking in human beings in Vietnam
Although it has been nearly 10 days since the incident, it is still unclear how the victims got into the freight car containers and how the freight car arrived at the port of pulvert in Essex, UK, from the port of zebruch, Belgium.
However, there is no doubt that Vietnams smuggling, human trafficking and other issues have become the focus again.
According to the New York Times, nearly 18000 Vietnamese enter Europe by means of smuggling every year, expecting to get a better job, earn more money and make their families live a better life. But their road is full of hardships and dangers.
According to reports, the cost of smuggling varies from 8000 to 40000 pounds, generally the cheaper the risk is greater. According to the United Nations, illegal immigrants in Vietnam bring nearly 300 million dollars of income to smugglers every year.
On October 23 local time, British police found 39 bodies in a freight car container in Essex. /Visual China
The BBC said that although Vietnam is a rising economy, the regional gap between the rich and the poor is very large, and many people live in poverty. Mimi vu, an anti trafficking expert in Vietnam, said that in fact, Vietnamese who would smuggle to Europe are mainly concentrated in several regions, which have a long tradition of immigration through legal or illegal means.
In the past few decades, the Vietnamese who smuggled to the UK mainly came from the northern part of Vietnam, but in recent years, they were mainly concentrated in three central areas, including nghean, quangbinh and hatinh, which are very poor areas.
Why go to England? Tamsin barber, who specializes in immigration and British Vietnam population research at Oxford University, said that for Vietnamese immigrants, the UK is the most popular country, because as long as they arrive in the UK, they can find stable jobs, and the UK has a large number of Vietnamese immigrants who will help them find accommodation and jobs. In addition, Vietnamese restaurants, manicure salons and marijuana farms in the UK all need low skilled workers.
In fact, the Vietnamese and British governments have always wanted to cooperate in the fight against human trafficking. It is reported that the British and Vietnamese governments signed a memorandum of understanding last year on dealing with the problem of contemporary slaves.
However, some experts believe that because the global chain of Vietnams smuggling is very mature, it will be very difficult for the Vietnamese government to completely prevent the smuggling. Carl Thayer, a Southeast Asia research expert at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said that smuggling brings too much benefits to smugglers and too much temptation to those in despair. Fighting against human trafficking or smuggling will be a fight that will never stop.
Source: editor in charge of Foreign Affairs: Du Shuo, nb12556