Total of 39 Vietnamese suffocated to death in the back of refrigerated truck last OctoberTaiwan News
By: NEWS WIRES, France 24
The discovery of so many dead people—some as young as 15—shocked Britain and Vietnam, and shone a spotlight on the illicit global trade that sends the poor of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East on perilous journeys to the West.
As oxygen levels fell in the back of the truck, some tried desperately to escape, but in vain. Others used mobile phones to say their last farewells to devastated relatives on the other side of the world.
"This is an unimaginably tragic case: 39 vulnerable people desperate for a new life were driven to put their trust in a network of unscrupulous people smugglers," said Russell Tyner, a prosecutor in the Organised Crime Division. [FULL STORY]