Essex lorry deaths: Agony builds for Vietnamese families – BBC News

The BBC’s Jonathan Head reports from the district, Yen Thanh, in Nghe An province in Vietnam, Where It is believed most of those who died in the container in Essex came from.

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Many of them go out of Vietnam via China. But when they reach the English Channel the only reliable way across is by being smuggled inside containers, regardless of what fee is paid.

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Essex, the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has ordered an investigation into trafficking networks. But trafficking has long been a serious problem, often involving women and children. This year the country was downgraded in the annual US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report.

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