LONDON – Police on Friday released the names, ages and home provinces of 39 Vietnamese who were found dead in a refrigerated trailer in southeastern England last month after dozens of families in north-central Vietnam waited weeks for confirmation
10 teens were found among people found in a refrigerated trailer on October 23 at an industrial park in Grace, Essex, police said in a statement. The victims ranged in age from 15 to 44 years.
Among the victims was 26-year-old Pham Ti Tra Mo, from a village in Ha Ting, Vietnam, who texted her mother hours before the bodies were discovered: "I'm sorry, Mom, my trip abroad failed. “
She tried to contact the UK, convinced she could find a job as a manicurist and help her family, which had accumulated $ 19,000 in debt.
Two others were identified as Nguyen Hui Hung and Nguyen Hui Hung, both of them. who prey on desperate people trying to reach Europe for a better future. The trip is undertaken by approximately 18,000 Vietnamese annually.
Police say in a statement that the Vietnamese and British governments are working together to repatriate the bodies of the victims.
"Our priority is to identify the victims, preserve the dignity of the dead and support the victims' friends and families," said Assistant Chief of Police Tim Smith of Essex Police, a senior officer overseeing the investigation.
Mr. Smith said in a statement that families were "given time to absorb this tragic news before publicly confirming the loved one's identity."