LONDON – Police released Friday the names, ages and home provinces of the 39 Vietnamese who were found dead in a refrigerated trailer in southeast England last month after dozens of families in northern Vietnam waited weeks for confirmation missing Relatives should have been among the victims.
On October 23, 10 teenagers found themselves in a refrigerated trailer in an industrial estate in Grays, Essex, police said in a statement. The victims were between 15 and 44 years old.
Among the victims was 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra My, from a village in Ha Tinh, Vietnam, who had sent her mother a text message hours before the bodies were discovered: "I'm sorry Mom, my way overseas was not successful. "
She had tried to get to the UK, convinced that she could find a manicurist job and help her family amass the $ 19,000 debt.
Two others were named Nguyen Huy Hung and Nguyen Another victim, Tran Ngoc Hieu, was 17.
The grisly discovery of the bodies in October threw a grim light on trafficking and smuggler loot for desperate people trying to make Europe a better future The trip was undertaken by an estimated 18,000 Vietnamese per year.
The police said in the statement that the Vietnamese and British governments are working together to repatriate the bodies of the victims.
"Our priority was to identify the victims, preserve the dignity of the deceased, and support the victims' families and friends, "said Deputy Pol Director Tim Smith of Essex Police, who oversaw the investigation.
Mr. Smith said in the statement that the families "were given some time to receive this tragic message before publicly confirming the identity of their loved ones".