Police in Vietnam have accused seven people of 39 migrants whose bodies were discovered on the back of a truck in the UK in 2019, authorities said late Thursday.
The victims, which included two 15-year-old boys, came mainly from two provinces of north-central Vietnam, where poor job prospects, encouragement from the authorities, gang smuggling and environmental issues fueled migration.
Seven defendants, including a Vietnamese woman living in China, have been accused of creating immigration profiles for 67 people in Vietnam for illegal work in Britain and Europe, according to regional police from Ha Tinh province.
Police specifically referred to the case of 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My, who was one of the victims found on the back of a truck in Essex on October 23 last year.
“They contacted the victim in late June 2019 and made her pay $ 22,000 to create immigration profiles,” says the note. “The victim was then taken to China, France and the UK in September.”
The police said in the statement that their investigations were continuing and would be expanded. They did not provide details of any aspect of the court by the accused.
The deaths have highlighted the illicit trade that sends the poor of Asia, Africa and the Middle East on dangerous journeys to the west.
British police arrested two other people last week for death.
The autopsies concluded that the temporary cause of death for the 39 people was a combination of hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) and hyperthermia (overheating) in an enclosed space.