Vietnam police have identified the mysterious and violent kingpin that millions of countrymen have traded to Britain and the US, including the 39 people who lost their lives in Essex.
A mysterious human smuggler named & # 39; Mr. Truong & # 39; has been mentioned as the brain that is now being hunted by detectives in Southeast Asia.
He is supposed to be the gangster responsible for the & # 39; global ring & # 39; in Vietnam and would be related to the dreaded Chinese & # 39; Snakeshead & # 39; organized crime syndicate founded by boss & # 39; Sister Ping & # 39; in the eighties.
And a special task force hopes to bring Mr Truong to the corner in the Ha Tinh and Nghe An provinces of Vietnam.
The authorities in the refrigerated trailer where 39 people were found dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning and now they have identified the Vietnamese smuggler behind it
A source told the Daily Mirror: “As much as these gangs like to hide in the shadow, their names are whispered in the community.
Snakeshead kingpin, Cheng Chui Ping, also known as "Sister Ping," who for 20 years led the world's largest human smuggling network to her death in an American prison
& # 39; While they are now threatening the families who have been violently smuggled to keep them silent, the police are building a picture of the Truong supervising operation every day & # 39 ;.
He is supposed to work with Chinese human smugglers, because many of the 39 migrants found dead in Essex were reportedly carrying fake Chinese passports.
Chinese gangland boss Sister Ping died in a Texas prison in 2014, where she served 35 years to build & # 39; the world's most advanced network of traffickers who brought up to 200,000 illegal immigrants to America alone.
During her trial in New York in 2005, she was described as & # 39; the evil incarnated & # 39 ;, which had earned Chinese people around the world for £ 20,000 since the early 1980s.
Despite her death, the gang she founded keeps up with the times and uses social media apps, including China & # 39; s equivalent to Tinder, MoMo, and the popular message app WeChat, which promises migrants & # 39; 100 percent safe to travel & # 39; to the UK or the USA.
The police want to speak with Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, who allegedly run a transport company from a farm near the border of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
The suspects are supposed to be somewhere in Northern Ireland and detectives today those who know the couple contacted the police.
Chief Inspector of Essex, Chief Inspector Stuart Hooper, said: & # 39; In this case 39 men and women died tragically and community support is vital to bring those responsible to justice. & # 39;
Police investigate the deaths of 39 people in a container in Essex and hunt for these men, Ronan Hughes and his brother Christopher, who are reportedly in Northern Ireland
Yesterday, Vietnamese authorities sent British investigators the names of 14 people who, according to them, died in container horror to formally identify the victims.
And in an exchange, the Essex police, who investigated the deaths of 39 people, passed on the names of four people to the Vietnamese government who are supposed to have confirmed their identity.
The information swap has started, which, according to the police, is a lengthy identification process that can take several weeks.
The Chinese government has also asked the Essex police to provide more information after they first reported that the victims were from China.
The names of nine suspected victims feared by their families are: Nguyen Huy Hung, 15, Pham Tra My, 26, Hung Nguyen, 33, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, Le Van Ha, 30 , Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, Joseph Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, and Hoang Van Tiep, 18. With five others identified by the Hanoi police.
Pham Tra My, 26, was the first person to be named by family as one of the 39 deaths in the container tragedy and it seems that she was deported from Britain days earlier
This is the last photo of 15-year-old Nguyen Huy Hung, who has been missing since trying to cross the UK illegally, his family claim
The shocked family of Nguyen Van Hung has not heard from him since 21 October when he sent a message that he & # 39; by taxi & # 39; went to the UK
Officials in Hanoi said today that 28 Vietnamese families from two rural provinces came forward for fear that a loved one was among the victims who died in the refrigerated container that had traveled from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
Government sources said that 18 of the missing were from Hghe An province, while the other 10 were from Ha Tinh, two poverty-stricken areas less than 50 miles apart.
Each of the families told the authorities that their loved ones had been in contact until October 21 when they tried to enter the UK illegally with the help of human traffickers.
A telephone hotline has been set up for families to report a missing person, and in the capital, British ambassador Gareth Ward held meetings with Vietnamese officials to discuss cooperation in the identification of victims.
A Vietnamese government spokesperson said the 14 names were sent to the UK through the British embassy in Hanoi.
During the weekend, officials collected hair and nail samples from grieving families for use in DNA analysis.
Families also provided photos and descriptions of distinctive characters, such as birthmarks or scars.
While more than half a dozen families have expressed their fears, others have chosen to remain silent.
The names given to the Essex police are supposed to be the youngest victim, 15-year-old Ngyuen Huy Hung.
Relatives said his parents were already in the UK and that he would be reunited with them after a two-month journey from his home in Ha Tinh province.
Pham Thi Tra My, 26, who sent a devastating text to her mother saying she was choking, would also be among those whose records are now with the Essex police.
Her father was one of the first to send a letter to the local authorities that his daughter was probably one of the 39 people found dead.
The death of so many Vietnamese people has embarrassed the government, and local media have offset the tragedy in its news reports.
Foreign media were instructed to leave the homes of some victims and families told them not to answer questions.
It was thought that the victims had fake Chinese passports – but the majority are from Vietnam
The terrible events of recent days are just the last example of the trade in & # 39; human freight & # 39; between China and Great Britain, a 5000-mile route through Asia and mainland Europe that can last a month
The Ministry of Public Security has said it is investigating possible involvement of individuals or groups who are helping Vietnamese immigrants illegally emigrate.
And the country's prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, ordered an investigation into the trade in Vietnamese citizens.
Debt-ridden families of suspected victims in the Essex truck tragedy are being intimidated by smuggling gangs.
Mourning relatives in Vietnam are supposed to have come under pressure not to speak out, as the UK authorities are trying to find those responsible for the 39 deaths. Anti-trafficking experts warned last night that relatives of victims' ransom money are being held by "highly advanced and organized" smuggling networks that owe them up to £ 30,000.
The press could not speak to the family of a suspected victim in Vietnam.
After discussing the disappearance of their child, the family was instructed to remain silent by men who accompanied a reporter from the site – and the locals believe they might be associated with smugglers.
Mo Robinson was charged yesterday in court with 39 counts of manslaughter, money laundering and human trafficking
Joanna and Thomas Maher, arrested in connection with the death of Essex trucks due to historical links with the truck. They have now been released on bail
The family of suspected victim Nguyen Dinh Luoung, 20, told how they were approached after a tragedy in France and promised that part of the smuggling costs of £ 11,000 would be returned.
Experts say that the tactics were probably used by gangs as a lever to ensure that families do not talk to the police about their operation.
Michael Brosowski, head of anti-trafficking Blue Dragon in Hanoi, said families often borrow money from the smugglers and then face years of repayments – while gang victims can be traded and effectively used as slaves to supposedly pay debt .
Dreams of a better life: faces of the migrants who were feared to die in a tragedy with trucks trying to enter the UK
Hoping for a better life, here are the faces of the 39 people who are believed to have frozen to the back of a truck after a desperate attempt to reach Britain.
VietHome, a British organization trying to help UK-based Vietnamese residents, said it had received 20 photos and names of people who were afraid of having been in the truck container.
Eight suspect victims have come to light so far: Hung Nguyen, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, Nguyen Dinh Tu, Le Van Ha, Vo Ngoc Nam, Pham Thi Tra My, Joseph Nguyen Dinh Luong and Hoang Van Tiep.
All 39 people have been moved from Tilbury Docks to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and are formally identified.
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, from Vietnam, paid an agent more than $ 10,000 hoping to enter the UK.
The nail technician who paid £ 8,800 to reach England
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, from Vietnam an agent paid more than £ 8,000 ($ 10,000) hoping to enter the UK to work as a nail technician, according to a family member.
Her mother and sister cried today as they set up an altar with incense and a picture of the suspect victim where family and friends can pray in their home in the village of Do Thanh.
The family heard from a friend in the UK that & # 39; Nhung is one of the victims & # 39 ;, said one of her relatives, who visited the mother of the missing teenager.
Nhung and many others from the Yen Thanh district, where the village is located, about 200 kilometers south of Hanoi, travel abroad in search of the kind of money they cannot earn at home. One of their main goals is to send back enough so that their families can build large houses that they would otherwise not be able to afford.
On October 21, days before her family lost contact with her and the news about the doomed container appeared, Nhung wrote in a Facebook message: "Growing up means you have to hide your grief in the dark and smile at you." face must hold. & # 39;
A family member looks at a picture of Nhung. The 19-year-old wanted to work as a nail technician, according to a family member
Nhung's family said she left Nhung for the first time on her trip abroad in August. She first went to China, before finally heading to Germany and then to Belgium, where they think she was boarding the ill-fated truck.
& # 39; I just want a peaceful life, & # 39; Nhung wrote in a caption under a photo of her smiling in a green field a few weeks after she left Vietnam.
Late on Saturday evening, Nhung's family, without hope, had an altar erected in her memory, with her photo next to her father's.
Her father died of cancer a few years ago. Her mother was unable to work due to health complications, so her loved ones went clubbing together to finance a new life abroad, the Nhung family said.
& # 39; Nhung did not have the qualifications to get a good job with a great reward. Her friends and many others here either, & # 39; said Nhung's uncle, Hoang Binh.
& # 39; Going abroad and sending money back was the only choice & # 39 ;, he added.
At the beginning of September it was not clear where she was, but Nhung was already well on her journey and was thinking about her next steps.
In addition to a stock image of two children flying kites at sunset, she posted: & # 39; While I grow up, I see that life is not as peaceful as I always thought. When I grow up, I want to go back to my childhood, when I lived free & # 39 ;.
Ton Quang Tuan, one of Nhung & # 39; s friends who live in Berlin, said that & # 39; we went out a few times when Nhung was in Berlin & # 39; and added that she was in a good mood, very happy, but she lost contact after she said she had to leave for Britain.
It was not clear how Nhung had traveled from the Vietnamese countryside to China and then Berlin, but the German capital has emerged in recent years as a stage for Vietnamese and other migrants wanting to start a new life in Britain.
& # 39; I feel lonely at the place that I dreamed of every day & # 39 ;, Nhung wrote on September 25.
It was unclear where she was – Vietnamese smugglers would advise their subjects to live discreetly and not to give away too many clues to avoid detecting the authorities.
A few days later, Nhung was depicted outside the Berlin Cathedral with a cup of bubble tea in her hands.
Nhung was in Belgium at the end of October. She placed photos of herself, again with a cup of bubble tea in her hand, excitedly exploring the sights of Brussels, including the old stock exchange and the busy thoroughfare Rue Auguste Orts passage.
It was from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge that the doomed container finally left. Her family believes she was on board.
In Berlin, Nhung wrote: & # 39; Back in Vietnam, I thought Europe was pink. But it turns out to be black & # 39 ;.
The & # 39; VIP & # 39; traveler who paid £ 30,000 in the belief that she would travel to Britain by plane and car and sent harrowing messages to her mother when she died in the back of an ice-cold truck that crossed the North Sea
Suspicious victim Pham Thi Tra My, 26, sent her mother a series of harrowing messages that she & # 39; loved her & # 39; and & # 39; died because she could not breathe & # 39; in the moments before her death, her family has claimed
The alleged victim Pham Thi Tra My, 26, from Vietnam sent her mother a series of harrowing reports that she & # 39; loved her & # 39; and & # 39; died because she could not breathe & # 39; in the moments before her death, her family has claimed.
They claim that they have paid £ 30,000 for their daughter's smugglers to travel to the UK via China in search of a better life.
She comes from Ha Tinh, an impoverished province in a part of Vietnam, where many illegal migrants come from.
Nguyen Thi Phong and Pham Van Thin, told CNN that it & # 39; very painful & # 39; was to receive the text – she said she must have known she was going to die when she sent it.
& # 39; I have lost both my loved one and my money, & # 39; said her father Pham, claiming that he and his partner had scraped the money together to pay their daughter to travel to the UK.
The pair, who earn between them about $ 400 a month, said the smugglers did not tell how their daughter would be transported to the UK.
& # 39; The smugglers said this was a … safe route, that people would go by plane, car … if I had known that they would go along this route, I would not have let her go, & # 39; Pham added.
A human rights activist in Vietnam, who spoke with Tra My & # 39; s family, revealed that she was making the dangerous journey because her family was in debt and desperately trying to help them.
Her family claims that they have paid £ 30,000 for their daughter's smugglers to travel to the UK via China & # 39; in search of a better life & # 39;
& # 39; She just returned from Japan, where she worked to pay off the debt. And that wasn't enough, so she was looking for a better future & # 39 ;, she told the BBC.
The human rights activist asked to remain anonymous: & # 39; It is very sad for this girl to take the risk because she was dealing with debts created by another man in the family.
& # 39; And I also learned that the service they used & # 39; very important service & # 39; so it's like a business class ticket on the truck and with that she had to pay two or three times the price of the cheap ticket. & # 39;
The human rights worker added that migrants are told that they can earn huge amounts of money by moving to the UK, and that the 26-year-old may be convinced to get a & # 39; VIP ticket & # 39; to get there.
He added the family's home to get that money for her, human rights worked.
Pham Thi Tra & # 39; s latest text messages were sent on Tuesday at 10:28 pm BST – two hours before the truck reached the UK, as it was on its way from Belgium.
She said to her mother: & I'm sorry, Mommy. My trip abroad has not been successful. Mom, I love you so much. I'm dying because I can't breathe. & # 39;
Tra My's brother told the BBC on Friday that his sister had told them not to contact her because & # 39; the organizers & # 39; did not allow her to be called.
He said she flew to China from her home in Can Lộc, a rural district of Hà T innh province in Vietnam, then left for France and initially tried to cross the border to the UK on October 19, but & # 39; caught & # 39; and came back.
Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, pictured at Montmartre in Paris was planning to work in a nail salon when he arrived in Britain
20-year-old impoverished Vietnamese province with dreams of a better life in a British nail bar
Another of the suspected victims turned out to be Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20.
His father Nguyen Dinh Gia said his son told him two weeks ago that he was planning to travel from France to Great Britain, where he had lived illegally since 2018.
He said he would pay £ 10,000 ($ 14,000) for the trip and was planning to work in a nail salon when he arrived in Britain.
But Gia was called a few days ago by a Vietnamese man who said: "Please have some sympathy, something unexpected happened," he told AFP.
& # 39; I fell to the floor when I heard that, & # 39; Gia told AFP.
& # 39; It seemed that he was in the truck with the accident, all dead, & # 39; he added.
His father told The Associated Press that he had not been able to reach him since last week. He said he would join a group in Paris trying to reach England.
& # 39; He often called home, but I have not been able to reach him since the last time we spoke last week, & # 39; said Nguyen Dinh Gia. & # 39; I told him he could go wherever he wants, as long as it's safe. He shouldn't worry about money, I'll take care of it. & # 39;
He said his son left the house in Ha Tinh province in 2017 to work in Russia, then to Ukraine. He arrived in Germany in April 2018 and then traveled to France. He told his family that he wanted to go to the UK.
Luong's older brother, Pham Dinh Hai, said that Luong had a tattoo of praying hands on a cross on his right shoulder. The family said they had shared the information with the local authorities. Luong is also from Ha Tinh.
One of the newly mentioned suspect victims, Nguyen Dinh Tu
The former soldier who left his wife and young son at home
One of the newly mentioned suspect victims, Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, had asked his wife Hoang Thi Thuong a few months ago to help him raise £ 11,000 ($ 14,000) to cover the cost of an illegal trip from Germany to the UK. Kingdom.
Mrs. Hoang revealed that he had worked illegally in Romania and Germany and begged her for money to go to the UK.
& # 39; I lost contact with him on October 21, & # 39; Thuong said with tears in her eyes. & # 39; I have a big debt to pay, no hope and no energy to do anything.
Tu & # 39; s father said that relatives in the UK had told him that Tu was in the truck and was planning to pick him up.
& # 39; They had to pick him up at the delivery point, but they called and said that Tu was in that truck, & # 39; said Tu & # 39; s father, Nguyen Dinh Sat.
& # 39; I have not heard from my son & # 39 ;.
A few months ago Tu had asked his wife Hoang Thi Thuong (in the photo with her son) to help him raise £ 11,000 ($ 14,000) to cover the costs of an illegal trip from Germany to the UK
Father of two Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, is also feared to have been in the ill-fated container
Father of two who called his family on the day of the tragedy and asked them to pray for his safe journey to Britain
Father of two Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, is also feared to have been in the ill-fated container.
His wife, Ta Thi Oanh, told Vietnamese media that he had called her last Tuesday afternoon to say that he was on the truck that went to Britain.
He asked her to call her parents and ask them to pray for him, but nothing has been heard since.
Mr. Nam's father, Vo Ngoc Luyen, said: “After reading information about the 39 people in the UK container, my family was very shocked. We are eagerly awaiting official information from the authorities. & # 39;
Nam is thought to have traveled to Romania, before Germany and France, to find work. The local report described the family situation as & # 39; difficult & # 39 ;.
Hoang Van Tiep, 18, (right) is feared to have died in the container next to his cousin
The Youngest To Die: Victim believed that his £ 13,500 would mean a taxi to Britain for traffickers
Hoang Van Tiep, 18 years old, is supposed to be the youngest victim and is feared to have died with his cousin Hung Nguyen.
Tiep left the house two years ago after his family received a £ 13,500 loan to pay him to travel to Russia and beyond to France.
He had left his family in Yen Thanh to risk his life in the UK.
His father, Hoag, said his teenage son had also told him that he would travel to the UK by taxi. The family had raised £ 17,500 to smuggle people to get the teenager to the UK.
Cousins Hung Nguyen, 33, (right) and Hoang Van Tiep (left) were both feared to be in the container
The dishwasher that had been traded to France and had been waiting for its cousin before crossing the Channel
Hung Nguyen, 33, worked as a dishwasher in France before his trip to Great Britain.
His family paid smugglers last year £ 13,400 to get him to France and was asked for a similar amount last week.
He was reunited with his cousin Hoang Van Tiep for the last part of the trip to Britain and are feared to die together, their families say.
A photo of carpenter Le Van Ha is kept on a prayer altar in his house in the province of Nghe in Vietnam
Former police officer who never met his new baby at home in Vietnam
Carpenter Le Van Ha is feared to have died without ever having met his three-month-old son.
De 30-jarige verliet zijn zwaar zwangere vrouw en hun twee jonge zonen in juni, toen hij naar Turkije reisde, vervolgens Griekenland en Frankrijk op weg naar Groot-Brittannië.
Familieleden zeiden dat zijn weduwe Tran Thi Hoa, 29, aan shock leed nadat ze er pas achter kwam dat hij vermist was toen ambtenaren haar vroegen om een foto om haar te helpen identificeren.
Zijn vader Le Minh Huan zei dat Ha geld naar zijn familie had willen sturen, om de £ 23.000 betaald aan mensensmokkelaars en nog eens £ 6.600 lening om het huis van zijn familie te bouwen, vrij te maken.
15-jarige Vietnamese jongen verhandeld worden naar Groot-Brittannië om herenigd te worden met zijn ouders
De familie van Nguyen Huy Hung, 15 (centrum als kind in 2006 met zijn oudere broer en zus) vrezen dat hij misschien een van degenen was die vorige week in een container stierf toen hij naar Groot-Brittannië probeerde te komen om zijn ouders te zien
Tiener Nguyen Huy Hung zou het jongste slachtoffer zijn van de tragedie die afgelopen woensdag het leven kostte van 39 mensen die dood werden gevonden in een ijskoude trailer in Essex.
Zijn familie heeft beweerd dat de 15-jarige ernaar verlangde om bij zijn vader Nguyen Huy Tung en zijn moeder Nyguen Thi Huyen te zijn en de afgelopen twee maanden naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk had gereisd om hen te zien.
Hoewel zijn dood niet is bevestigd door de politie in Groot-Brittannië, ondersteunt de Vietnamese politie uit de hoofdstad Hanoi zijn familieleden in het afgelegen dorp Cuong Gian.
Zijn oudere zus, 16, die in Korea woont, vertelde vrienden van Facebook: 'Mijn broer verliet Frankrijk naar het VK en sindsdien hebben we geen contact meer met hem kunnen maken'.
Een oom is ook vanuit het zuiden van het land gereisd nadat de ouders van de jongen de autoriteiten vertelden dat ze op 22 oktober – de dag van de tragedie – het contact met hun zoon verloren.
Er wordt gedacht dat de ouders – waarvan wordt aangenomen dat ze illegaal in het VK zijn – mensen smokkelaars hadden betaald die minstens £ 10.000 hadden betaald om de doorgang voor hun jongste zoon te regelen.
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