Victims in Essex Lorry Incident: The Latest in Europe’s Human Trafficking Tragedies

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Miranda Bannister

As of November 7, 2019, British authorities have identified all 39 of the human trafficking victims found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex on October 23, 2019. While Essex police initially identified the victims as Chinese, it has since been determined that the deceased were Vietnamese nationals.[1]  They include eight women and 31 men.  The names of the victims have not yet been released to the public, as the Vietnamese embassy and police are in the process of contacting the families of the dead. Tim Smith, an assistant chief constable in Essex, said, “This is an important step in the investigation and enables us to work with our Vietnamese police colleagues to support the families of those victims.”[2]