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Essex lorry: 39 dead

Essex lorry: 39 dead

In a BBC article, a survivor of human trafficking tells the world his story. Jawad Amiri was transported from a migrant camp in Calais, “Every night the people smugglers would open a lorry and put groups of 20 to 30 people inside. They have taken your money and they don’t care if you live or die.”

Amiri’s then 7 year old brother sent a text message to the camp they had left and saved many people’s lives by doing so. He now wishes to create a virtual reality of his experience and his dreams.

“It was like a moving grave.”

On the 23rd of October, 39 dead bodies were found in a lorry trailer. Essex police believe the victims to have been 31 men and 8 women.

A 25 year old man known locally as ‘Mo Robinson’ from Northern Ireland has been arrested as well as 2 other people on suspicion of manslaughter. The male and female, both aged 38, were also held on suspicion of human trafficking.

According to the BBC News, “The police said they had received the first reports about bodies found in a lorry at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays just before 01:40 local time (00:40 GMT) on Wednesday.”

The Telegraph stated, “Essex Police had originally said that they had believed that the victims were Chinese but sources close to the investigation have now admitted that a number are thought to be Vietnamese.” The Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, has said he has sent a team to Essex to help identify the victims. He stated that their nationality is yet to be confirmed.

The Guardian commented, “GPS data from the refrigerated trailer shows it also made two trips between the UK and mainland Europe between 16 October and 22 October, the day the bodies were found in an industrial estate in Essex.”

The BBC News has said that post-mortem examinations on the 39 victims will begin soon. This abhorrent occurrence has left many in shock, and has left the public anxiously awaiting updates.

 

By Uno Baker

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