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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. The mother of a suspected victim was pictured above during a press conference in Vietnam

Migrant families feared death in Essex truck creep faced with & # 39; harassment & # 39; by gang members who owe up to £ 30,000 for smuggling them into Europe

  • Experts warn that relatives of victims are bought off by smuggling networks
  • Families of suspected victims are intimidated to prevent them from speaking
  • The Mail is prevented from talking to relatives of a suspected victim in Vietnam
  • A trader contacted a family and promised a refund of part of the £ 11,000
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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 & # 39; highly advanced and organized & # 39; smuggling networks that owe them up to £ 30,000.

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. The mother of a suspected victim was pictured above during a press conference in Vietnam

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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. The mother of a suspected victim was pictured above during a press conference in Vietnam

The Daily Mail 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 could be associated with smugglers.

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 .

Anti-trafficking experts warned last night that relatives of victims' ransom money are being held by & # 39; highly advanced and organized & # 39; smuggling networks that owe them up to £ 30,000. The scene at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex last week, is pictured above

Anti-trafficking experts warned last night that relatives of victims' ransom money are being held by & # 39; highly advanced and organized & # 39; smuggling networks that owe them up to £ 30,000. The scene at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex last week, is pictured above

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Anti-trafficking experts warned last night that relatives of victims' ransom money are being held by & # 39; highly advanced and organized & # 39; smuggling networks that owe them up to £ 30,000. The scene at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex last week, is pictured above

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