The older sister of a 15-year-old Vietnamese boy fears that he froze to death while being trafficked to Britain to be reunited with his parents.
Teenager Nguyen Huy Hung is said to be the youngest victim of the tragedy that cost the lives of 39 people who were found dead in an ice-cold trailer in Essex last Wednesday.
His family claimed that the 15-year-old longed to be with his father Nguyen Huy Tung and his mother Nyguen Thi Huyen and had traveled to England for the last two months to see them.
Although his death has not been confirmed by the police in Great Britain, Vietnamese police from the capital Hanoi support his relatives in the remote village of Cuong Gian.
His older sister, 16, who lives in Korea, told friends of Facebook: & # 39; My brother left France to the UK and we have been unable to contact him since then & # 39 ;.
An uncle also traveled from the south of the country after the boy's parents told the authorities that on October 22 – the day of the tragedy – they lost contact with their son.
It is thought that parents – who are believed to be illegally in the UK – had paid smugglers at least £ 10,000 to arrange the passage for their youngest son.
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 family of Nguyen Huy Hung, 15 (center as a child in 2006 with his older brother and sister) fear that he might be one of those who died in a container last week when he tried to come to Britain to see his parents
His 16-year-old brother had stayed in the parental home while his older sister was based in Korea.
The 15-year-old sister (shown together in 2006) posted on Facebook: & # 39; & # 39; Monday night my brother left France for the UK and since then we have been unable to contact him & # 39;
After the 39 bodies were discovered in the back of a refrigerated truck, she posted a message on Facebook with an update about the family's desperate search for information.
The message was: & # 39; our family has not received confirmation from the police at the moment, so I hope that if someone sees my last message or photo, I will have posted about 39 people in the UK container (now removed) or on another Facebook group or website let me know. & # 39;
She had posted earlier: "On Monday evening my brother left France for the UK and since then we have been unable to contact him.
& # 39; There has been news about 39 deaths in the container. All chronological information corresponds to the time my brother left. I hope you can help me tell how my brother is doing.
The post was accompanied by a photo of her brother with a sad emoji.
More than 40 people responded to the recent placement by the sister, who used her nickname Tronn, and told her that she hoped her brother would be fine.
He decorated walls in the foyer of the two-story house photos of the family of a much younger Huy Hung with his parents and his brother and sister.
A calendar also bore a picture of the now missing teenager when he was about ten years old.
A dark wooden statue of Budha dominated the room with gracefully carved furniture that occupied most of the space.
The uncle who arrived at the house refused to give his name and refused to answer questions.
The officer in ordinary clothing from Hanoi later called the local police who arrived and asked Mail Online and other media from Vietnamese organizations to leave the premises.
Local media have since received a request from the Vietnamese government not to disclose the name of the 15-year-old victim.
It is not known whether the parents contacted the Essex police to help identify their son. As illegal immigrants, they think they are too scared to be arrested, even though the Essex police have announced that they would have no threat of arrest and deportation.
Vietnam authorities have begun visiting the homes of 24 families to collect DNA samples to speed up the identification process of the bodies at the back of the container.
Today it turned out that the Vietnamese woman who sent her mother a text message when the cooled container with her and 38 others without air was deported from Britain a few days earlier and tried to return, her family claimed today.
Pham Tra My, 26, was in touch with no one at home after she sent a final horrible message when she crossed from Zeebrugge, Belgium, to Purfleet, Essex and said: “I can't breathe. Mom, I'm so sorry. & # 39;
She was traded for £ 30,000 to Britain after her parents, who earn about £ 300 a month, added the debt to their mortgage – and now her brother has claimed that her tragic journey across the North Sea was her second crossing.
He said to the Vietnamese press: & # 39; She was arrested a few days ago (in Britain) and they brought her back to France. Now we heard that she might have died & # 39 ;.
Pham had been promised to travel to Britain by car or plane and was charged with the & # 39; VIP & # 39; route – but instead the young woman is feared to be frozen to death in the freight container after having sent a horrific series of messages to her parents, saying: & # 39; I'm dying. & # 39;
Her father Pham Van Thin said: "We tried to talk her out because it would be a very difficult journey – but she said," If I don't go, the family would remain in a difficult situation because of the debt. " & # 39;
& # 39; So she took a risk and we had to agree. We are in shock. I cannot explain our pain. We were all broken. If I had known that she would follow this path, I would not have let her go. & # 39;
He also told CNN that smugglers said the crossing & # 39; a safe route & # 39; and that people would go by plane or car.
The names of eight suspected victims feared by their families are: 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.
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
Her parents Nguyen Thi Phong (left) and Pham Van Thin (right) remorted to give their daughter a better life abroad – but the £ 30,000 journey was intended by plane and taxi – not the back of a truck, they say
In text messages sent Tuesday at 10:28 GMT, two hours before they were all found dead, Pham Thi Tra told her mother: & # 39; I love you so much … I'm sorry & # 39; (photo)
Who has been arrested so far?
While the police in the UK continue to investigate the 39 migrants who lost their lives upon entering the country, we keep track of who has been arrested so far.
Maurice Mo Robinson truck driver: Arrested on suspicion of murder, the 25-year-old was charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, human trafficking and money laundering. He will appear in court today in Chelmsford.
Mo Robinson is the truck driver who was arrested after 39 people were found dead in the back of a truck he was driving
Joanna Maher, 38, and her husband Thomas, also 38: The Warrington couple who had previously told MailOnline that they had sold the container are supposed to have been detained on suspicion of conspiracy for traffic people and on suspicion of 39 counts of manslaughter.
They have been released until next month.
Mrs. Maher, a mother of three, pictured with her truck driver husband Thomas, told MailOnline that she had sold the truck involved in the death of 39 migrants to an Irish transport company 13 months ago.
48-year-old man from Northern Ireland: The last arrest took place at Stansted Airport. The identity of the man has not yet been revealed, but the police said he was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy for traffic people and suspected manslaughter.
20 year old man from Northern Ireland: The man was arrested after stepping off a ferry Saturday afternoon. A blue Scania truck that he was driving was seized by the police.
The smugglers who had to cram 39 people in an ice-cold truck, were considered by the grieving father of one of the victims as & # 39; cruel and evil & # 39; labeled.
Nyguen Thanh Le spoke out after the grim task of delivering a DNA sample to help identify his 33-year-old son Nguyen Van Hung
Vietnamese authorities visited his home this weekend to collect a hair sample that will lead to his music-loving son Nguyen Van Hung, also known as Hung Nguyen, being formally identified.
His shocked family has not heard from him since October 21 when he sent a message that he & # 39; by taxi & # 39; went to the UK.
The music graduate is thought to have told his parents that he was being smuggled into the UK in a taxi instead of the back of a truck because he didn't want to worry them.
Then Le said: & # 39; The people who have done this are cruel and evil. The driver only has to stop and let the people out and give them a chance to live. & # 39;
The 55-year-old wife Pham Thi Lan was sitting in front of sobs while she & # 39; remembered who was kind to the family and his brothers and sisters.
Officials have yet to confirm that their son is among the 39 victims found in the back of a refrigerated truck.
But like other families in the rural province bordering 170 miles from Hanoi, the lack of communication when they were about to begin the final stage of their journey from Vietnam was sufficiently confirmed to know that they had died.
A visit from the local police to collect a DNA sample was further proof to Mr. Thi Lan that his son had died.
Van Hung, the second oldest of six children, worked in France as a dishwasher in a Vietnamese restaurant when he paid smugglers to take him across the Channel.
He had entered France illegally over a year ago with his father who said he had hoped to get work in a nail bar and had been looking forward to the UK.
He said that Van Hung decided to leave his hometown in search of better work. Many others had come to the UK safely and could send money home to support their families.
Despite obtaining a degree in music studies at a university in the city of Huey, Van Hung could not have found a well-paid job.
After a series of low-income jobs, he decided to quit Vietnam completely and move to France. Van Hung would keep in regular contact with his parents who call or send messages every week or two weeks.
The calls ended abruptly on October 21 with his latest message that he was being taken by taxi from France to the UK.
Thanh Le said he had no idea how his son came into contact with human smugglers or how much he had paid for his journey to the UK.
While family and friends gathered in a sheltered area in front of their house, the police summoned a DNA sample.
This will be used by Essex-based forensic experts to offer a match with the bodies pulled from the refrigerated truck that arrived on a crossing from Zeebrugge last week.
Thanh Le said his son had gone abroad for a better life. It was for the same reason that 18-year-old Hoang Van Tiep 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.
His route first brought him to Russia before he arrived in France in 2018 and last week boarded the ill-fated truck container that became an icy tomb.
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
The family of the youngest female victim of the horror of the freezer container has pleaded to bring her body back to Vietnam so that they can say a final goodbye.
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, is feared as one of the 39 people found dead in the back of a container that arrived from Belgium.
Her older sister Bui Thi Loan told MailOnline that she wanted her body to be repatriated so that she could be buried in the village she had left in search of a better life.
& # 39; We pray for a miracle that Anna is still alive, but we don't have much hope & # 39 ;, said the 26-year-old.
& # 39; Now we just want Anna to come home. We want to be able to bury her and mourn.
& # 39; She was just looking for a better life and we are still struggling to understand how this happened. & # 39;
While Bui spoke, the teenager's mother was lying on the bed in the family home too sad to speak or move.
It is when the transport boss and his wife Thomas and Joanna Maher, who have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, have been released on bail.
Earlier they told MailOnline that they had had the container in which the remains of the victims were found until last year. They are now in custody until 11 November.
Family members gathered in the courtyard of the house in the village of Yen Thanh in the province of Nghe An, bordering 170 miles from the country's capital Hanoi.
They were smoking and drinking tea while a procession of visitors was called to pay their respects to an improvised sanctuary with a picture of Anna.
The victims were thought to have fake Chinese passports – but it is believed that they come from Vietnam
Photos show the inside of the refrigerated trailer where 39 people were found dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning
Mo Robinson was pictured posing in front of a truck with a cowboy hat and a drink in hand (left), and also lurking earlier at the police (right). He's in court
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
Less than half a mile away in the same village, another family had built a shrine for former soldier Nguyen Dinh Tu.
Relatives revealed that they were certain that he was one of those who died because he would meet relatives – both illegal in the UK – and did not show up.
His brother Nguyen Van Tinh said they had contacted family members, but admitted that they were living illegally in the UK because they were too scared to contact the police investigating death.
Van Tinh handed MailOnline a picture of his brother, which he requested to send to the Essex police to assist with any identification.
The photo shows Dinh Tu sitting on a bench in the park with his right arm covered with tattoos.
MailOnline has emailed the photo to Essex Police and provided family contact information.
Although more than half a dozen names of potential victims have been revealed, authorities in Vietnam have not contacted families to request identification.
Vietnam authorities confirmed that 24 families had contacted them for fear that their loved ones were victims of the fall of the truck.
The families come from two county areas, Ha Tinh and Nghe An.
It was thought that the victims were carrying false Chinese passports after embarking on their dangerous journey to the UK from China.
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
Robinson arrived in the UK on the weekend after a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead. He picked up the trailer, which was shipped from Zeebrugge to Purfleet. Minutes later, he entered the Essex industrial estate and the alarm was sounded
Close relatives said that Dinh Tu, who has a young son, was an acquaintance of Anna who had hoped to work as a nail stylist after arriving in the UK.
& # 39; He knew her, because this is such a small place, but they were not so good friends. He would have recognized her when they met & # 39 ;, said a family friend.
Family members named a third victim from the same village as former police officer Le Van Ha.
This has resulted in Yen Thanh & # 39; The Village of the Damned & # 39; is mentioned because other 39 victims are thought to come from the same area where there is poverty and jobs are scarce.
All three victims had left Yen Thanh a few months ago hoping to find work in the UK and send money home to support extended families.
Anna, who left school without a diploma at the age of 15, had told family and friends that she had traveled to China and Germany before reportedly climbing into the ill-fated refrigerated container that ended up in Essex.
Her cousin 30-year-old Tran Dinh Luc said she was a & # 39; happy friendly girl & # 39; had been trying to build a new life and help her family after the death of her father two years ago.
& # 39; We all miss her terribly, but maintain a miracle that she didn't end up in the truck.
& # 39; We want her back home. The family can only grieve when she is home. & # 39;
Her aunt said that she has nothing but contempt for those responsible and wants justice for her niece.
& # 39; People who have done this must be called to account & said, "Vu Thi Bich Thao.
& # 39; What kind of people can put others in a container and let them die. It is so cruel. & # 39;
The family followed the developments on their smartphones and was aware that the truck driver had been given 39 counts for manslaughter.
But his arrest is of little consolation as they deal with the horrific last moments of loved ones while desperately trying to escape from the icy grave in the container.
& # 39; It makes me so sad to think of how Anna felt in those last minutes, & # 39; a friend said.
& # 39; She must, like the others, have been terrified and want to get out.
Bich Thao said her cousin wanted to earn money to send to her mother so that she could pay off her debts.
She said that many of the houses in the village were built with money sent back by relatives who had moved abroad to find work.
Relatives had clubbed together to find the $ 10,000 demanded by human smugglers to get Anna to the UK.
Before Anna boarded the truck, she posted photos on her Facebook account where she drank bubble tea in Brussels.
Her family last heard of her on October 21, and it is the silence in the last days of the dew that has convinced her that she is dead.
A short distance away from the parental home of victim Dinh Tu, his brother said he just wanted to arrange a funeral for his younger brother.
He told how his younger brother had left Vietnam three months ago and worked in a factory in Romania, where he received just over £ 400 a month.
& # 39; He had to pay for his accommodation with the money and it was not enough. That's why he tried to come to the UK, & he said.
Nguyen Van Tinh said the widow of his brother Hoang Thi Thuong was so destroyed that she was admitted to the hospital.
& # 39; Hair is not doing well, & # 39; he said. & # 39; This has hurt the family. & # 39;
Van Tinh confirmed that on his arrival in the UK his brother would be met by two other family members who would help him find work.
He said both men worked illegally and were smuggled into the country.
& # 39; They are too scared to come forward and say something, & # 39; said Van Tinh whose eyes were red with weeping.
As usual, a small sanctuary with fruit and flowers was arranged around a photo of Dinh Tu in a front room of the house.
Visitors were asked to light an incense stick and place it next to the photo, which according to a Vietnamese tradition is meant to guide a soul home.
The driver of the cooled trailer is charged with 39 counts of manslaughter and human trafficking.
Of the 31 men and eight women, they were initially believed to be Chinese, but several Vietnamese families have now expressed the fear that their relatives are among the dead.
Many are believed to have come from impoverished villages in central Vietnam, where some families now fear the worst.
Le Minh Tuan has not heard from his son Le Van Ha since a post on Facebook about a week ago that said: & I'm about to get into a car to Great Britain. I contact the family when I arrive in England, Dad. & # 39;
That was two days before the cooled trailer filled with corpses was discovered in Essex, east of London.
& # 39; We haven't heard from him since, & # 39; Tuan said to AFP, his eyes red with crying.
& # 39; He was certainly in that truck. I just want my son's body at home, & he said in Yen Hoi village, Nghe An province.
The 30-year-old left his two young sons and wife in Vietnam in June and traveled to Turkey, then Greece and France on the way to the UK.
Ha hoped to find work to repay $ 30,000 to smugglers to get him to Europe, and another $ 8,500 loan to build the family home.
& # 39; He wanted to pay the debts … and send money back to his children so that they could have a better life, & # 39; his father said, clinging to his grandson and crying.
Nearby, the mother of the missing 28-year-old man, Vo Ngoc Nam, said she had not heard of her son's fate who had worked in Romania and was planning to travel to Britain.
& # 39; I have been anxiously awaiting news from him in recent days, but we have nothing & # 39 ;, the affected mother told AFP.
Villagers planned to gather later in the day for Sunday Mass to pray for the 39 victims.
Central Vietnam is a common feeder for illegal migrants who are pursuing promises of wealth overseas. Many work illegally in the UK in nail bars or on cannabis farms, with heavy debts and subject to exploitation.
So far, five people have been arrested in Britain for the tragedy, the country's biggest murder case since the 2005 London suicide attacks.
The Essex police say they want to speed up the fingerprint identification and DNA testing process, but said it would take time.
The media in Vietnam reported that 12 families had contacted the authorities for fear that their loved ones were among the victims.
The dozen included families of Yen Thanh and Ha Tinh.
The Essex police expect that full identification of all victims will take several weeks.
Dromen van een beter leven: gezichten van de migranten die stierven in vrachtwagenramp terwijl ze probeerden het VK binnen te komen – aangezien 25 van de 39 slachtoffers uit hetzelfde Vietnamese dorp komen
In de hoop op een beter leven, hier zijn de gezichten van de 39 mensen waarvan wordt aangenomen dat ze doodgevroren zijn achterin een vrachtwagen na een wanhopige poging om Groot-Brittannië te bereiken.
De slachtoffers werden naakt of met minimale kleding ontdekt en hadden wanhopig 'om de deuren gebonsd' om hulp en 'schuim kwam uit hun mond'.
De lichamen van acht vrouwen en 31 mannen konden enkele dagen in de vrachtwagen zijn bevroren toen ze op woensdag in Grays, Essex werden ontdekt, nadat de container het kanaal doorkruiste via hotspots voor vluchtelingen.
Er wordt nu gedacht dat maar liefst 25 van de 39 slachtoffers Vietnamees zijn en uit dezelfde verarmde kuststreek van Yen Than. Familieleden zeiden dat de meeste in nagelstudio's zouden gaan werken.
VietHome, een Britse organisatie die in het VK gevestigde Vietnamese inwoners probeert te helpen, zei dat het 20 foto's en namen had ontvangen van mensen die bang waren in de vrachtwagencontainer te zijn geweest.
Acht verdachte slachtoffers zijn tot nu toe aan het licht gekomen: Hung Nguyen, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, Nguyen Dinh Tu, Le Van Ha, Vo Ngoc Nam, Pham Thi Tra My, Joseph Nguyen Dinh Luong en Hoang Van Tiep.
Alle 39 mensen zijn verplaatst van Tilbury Docks naar Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford en worden formeel geïdentificeerd.
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, uit Vietnam betaalde een agent meer dan $ 10.000 in de hoop het Verenigd Koninkrijk binnen te komen.
De nagelstyliste die £ 8.800 betaalde om Engeland te bereiken
Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, uit Vietnam betaalde een agent meer dan £ 8.000 ($ 10.000) in de hoop het VK binnen te komen om als nageltechnicus te werken, volgens een familielid.
Haar moeder en een zuster huilden vandaag toen ze een altaar met wierook en een foto van het verdachte slachtoffer opzetten waar familie en vrienden kunnen bidden in hun huis in het dorp Do Thanh.
Het gezin hoorde van een vriendin in het VK dat 'Nhung een van de slachtoffers is', zei een van haar familieleden, die de moeder van de vermiste tiener bezocht.
Nhung en vele anderen uit het district Yen Thanh, waar het dorp ligt, ongeveer 200 kilometer ten zuiden van Hanoi, reizen naar het buitenland op zoek naar het soort geld dat ze niet thuis kunnen verdienen. Een van hun hoofddoelen is om voldoende terug te sturen zodat hun families grote huizen kunnen bouwen die ze anders niet zouden kunnen betalen.
Op 21 oktober, dagen voordat haar familie het contact met haar verloor en het nieuws over de gedoemde container verscheen, schreef Nhung in een Facebook-bericht: 'Opgroeien betekent dat je je verdriet in het donker moet verbergen en een glimlach op je gezicht moet houden .'
Een familielid kijkt naar een afbeelding van Nhung. De 19-jarige wilde volgens een familielid als nagelstyliste werken
De familie van Nhung zei dat ze Nhung voor het eerst verliet op haar buitenlandse reis in augustus. Ze ging eerst naar China, voordat ze uiteindelijk op weg was naar Duitsland en vervolgens naar België, waar ze denken dat ze aan boord van de noodlottige vrachtwagen ging.
'Ik wil gewoon een vredig leven,' schreef Nhung in een onderschrift onder een foto van haar glimlachend in een groen veld een paar weken nadat ze Vietnam had verlaten.
Laat op zaterdagavond liet de familie van Nhung, zonder hoop, een altaar in haar geheugen oprichten, met haar foto naast die van haar vader.
Haar vader stierf een paar jaar geleden aan kanker. Haar moeder was niet in staat om te werken vanwege gezondheidscomplicaties en dus gingen haar geliefden samen clubben om een nieuw leven in het buitenland te financieren, zei de familie van Nhung.
'Nhung didn't have the qualifications to get a good job with handsome pay. Nor do her friends and many others here,' said Nhung's uncle, Hoang Binh.
'Going abroad and sending back money was the only choice,' he added.
By early September, it was not clear where she was, but Nhung was already well into her trip, and reflecting on her next steps.
Beside a stock image of two children flying kites at sunset, she posted: 'As I grow up, I see that life is not as peaceful as I used to think. When I grow up, I want to go back to my childhood, when I lived freely'.
Ton Quang Tuan, one of Nhung's friends living in Berlin, said that 'We went out a few times when Nhung was in Berlin' and added that 'she was in a good mood, very happy,' but they lost contact after she said she had to leave for Britain.
It was not clear how Nhung had travelled from the Vietnamese countryside to China and then Berlin, but the German capital has emerged in recent years as a staging ground for Vietnamese and other migrants looking to start new lives in Britain.
'I feel lonely in the place I used to dream of everyday,' Nhung wrote on September 25.
It was unclear where she was – Vietnamese smugglers are said to advise their subjects to live discreetly and not to give away too many clues in order to evade detection from the authorities.
A few days later, Nhung was pictured outside Berlin Cathedral with a cup of bubble tea in her hands.
By late October, Nhung was in Belgium. She posted 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 bustling Rue Auguste Orts thoroughfare.
It was from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge that the doomed container eventually departed. Her family believe that she was on board.
In Berlin, Nhung wrote: 'Back in Vietnam, I thought Europe was pink. But it turns out it's black'.
The 'VIP' traveller who paid £30,000 believing she would travel to Britain by plane and car and sent harrowing messages to her mother as she died in the back of a freezing lorry crossing the North Sea
Suspected victim Pham Thi Tra My, 26, sent her mother a series of harrowing messages telling her she 'loved her' and was 'dying because she couldn't breathe' in the moments before her death, her family have claimed
Suspected victim Pham Thi Tra My, 26, from Vietnam sent her mother a series of harrowing messages telling her she 'loved her' and was 'dying because she couldn't breathe' in the moments before her death, her family have claimed.
They claim to have paid people smugglers £30,000 for their daughter to travel to the UK via China 'in search of a better life'.
She is from Ha Tinh, an impoverished province in a part of Vietnam where many of the country's illegal migrants come from.
Nguyen Thi Phong and Pham Van Thin, told CNN it was 'very painful' to receive the text – saying she must have known she was going to die when she sent it.
'I've lost both my loved one and my money,' her father Pham said, claiming he and his partner scraped together the money to pay for their daughter to travel to the UK.
The pair, who make around $400 a month between them, said the smugglers did not tell them how their daughter would be transported to the UK.
'The smugglers said that this was a … safe route, that people would go by airplane, car … if I had known she would go by this route, I would not have let her go,' Pham added.
A human rights worker in Vietnam, who has spoken with Tra My's family, revealed she made the perilous journey because her family was in debt and she was desperately trying to help them.
Her family claim to have paid people smugglers £30,000 for their daughter to travel to the UK via China 'in search of a better life'
'She had just returned from Japan where she was working to try and pay off the debt. And that was not enough and so she looked for a better future,' she told the BBC.
Asking to remain anonymous, the human rights worker continued: 'For this girl it is very sad that she took the risk because she was dealing with debt that was created by another man in the family.
'And I also learnt that the service that she was using was called 'very important service' and so it is like a business class ticket on the lorry and with that she had to pay double or three times the price of the cheap ticket.'
The human rights worker added that migrants are told they can vast amounts of money by moving to the UK, and the 26-year-old may have been convinced to purchase a 'VIP ticket' to get there.
He family mortgaged the house to get that money for her, the human rights worked added.
Pham Thi Tra's last text messages were sent at 10.28pm BST on Tuesday – two hours before the truck reached the UK, as it was en route from Belgium.
She told her mother: 'I'm sorry Mum. My journey abroad hasn't succeeded. Mum, I love you so much. I'm dying because I can't breathe.'
Tra My's brother told the BBC on Friday that his sister had told them not to contact her because 'the organisers' did not allow her to receive calls.
He said she flew to China from her home in Can Lộc, a rural district of Hà Tĩnh Province in Vietnam, then left for France and initially attempted to cross the border into the UK on October 19, but 'got caught' and turned back.
Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, pictured at Montmartre in Paris planned to work in a nail salon when he got to Britain
20-year-old impoverished Vietnamese province with dreams of a better life in a British nail bar
Another of the suspected victims was revealed to be Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20.
His father Nguyen Dinh Gia said his son told him two weeks ago he planned to travel to Britain from France, where he had been living illegally since 2018.
He said he would pay £10,000 ($14,000) for the journey and planned to work in a nail salon when he got to Britain.
But Gia got a call several days ago from a Vietnamese man saying 'Please have some sympathy, something unexpected happened,' he told AFP.
'I fell to the ground when I heard that,' Gia told AFP.
'It seemed that he was in the truck with the accident, all of them dead,' he added.
His father told The Associated Press he had not been able to reach him since last week. He had said he would join a group in Paris that was trying to reach England.
'He often called home but I haven't been able to reach him since the last time we talked last week,' Nguyen Dinh Gia said. 'I told him that he could go to anywhere he wants as long as it's safe. He shouldn't worry about money, I'll take care of it.'
He said his son left home in central Ha Tinh province to work in Russia in 2017, then on to Ukraine. In April 2018, he arrived in Germany 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 shared the information with local authorities. Luong is also from Ha Tinh.
One of the newly named suspected victims, Nguyen Dinh Tu
The ex-soldier who left his wife and young son at home
One of the newly named suspected victims, Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, had a few months ago asked his wife Hoang Thi Thuong to help him raise £11,000 ($14,000) to cover the cost of an illicit trip from Germany to the United Kingdom.
Ms Hoang revealed he had been working illegally in Romania and Germany and had begged her for money to get to the UK.
'I lost contact with him on October 21,' Thuong said with tears in her eyes. 'I have a big debt to pay, no hope, and no energy to do anything'.
Tu's father said relatives in the United Kingdom had told him that Tu was inside the truck, and had been planning to pick him up.
'They were supposed to pick him up at the drop-off point but they called and said Tu was in that truck,' Tu's father, Nguyen Dinh Sat, said.
'I haven't heard anything from my son'.
Tu had a few months ago asked his wife Hoang Thi Thuong (pictured with her son) to help him raise £11,000 ($14,000) to cover the cost of an illicit trip from Germany to the United Kingdom
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 day of tragedy asking 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 he was on the truck going to Britain.
He asked her to call her parents and ask them to pray for him, but has not been heard of since.
Mr Nam's father, Vo Ngoc Luyen, said: 'After reading information about the 39 people in the container in the UK, my family is extremely shocked. We are anxiously waiting for official information from the authorities.'
Nam is believed to have travelled to Romania, before Germany and France, to find work. The local report described the family situation as 'difficult'.
Hoang Van Tiep, 18, (right) is feared to have died alongside his cousin in the container
The youngest to die: Victim believed his £13,500 to traffickers would mean a taxi into Britain
Believed to be the youngest victim, Hoang Van Tiep, 18, is feared to have died with his cousin Hung Nguyen.
Tiep left home two years ago after his family got a £13,500 loan to pay for him to travel to Russia and on to France.
He had left his family in Yen Thanh to risk his life getting into the UK.
His father Hoag said his teenager son had also told him that he would be travelling by taxi to the UK. The family had raised the £17,500 to pay people smugglers get the teen into the UK.
Cousins Hung Nguyen, 33, (right) and Hoang Van Tiep (left) were both feared to be in the container
The dishwasher who had been trafficked to France and had waited for his cousin before crossing the Channel
Hung Nguyen, 33, had been working in France as a dishwasher before his trip to Britain.
His family paid smugglers £13,400 last year to get him to France, and were asked for a similar amount last week.
He was reunited with his cousin Hoang Van Tiep for the final leg of the journey to Britain and are feared dead together, their families say.
A picture of carpenter Le Van Ha is kept on a prayer altar at his house in Vietnam's Nghe province
Former policeman who never met his new baby back home in Vietnam
Carpenter Le Van Ha is feared to have died without ever meeting his three-month-old son.
The 30-year-old left his heavily pregnant wife and their two young sons in June, when he travelled to Turkey, then Greece and France on his way to Britain.
Relatives said his widow Tran Thi Hoa, 29, was suffering from shock after she only learned he was missing when officials asked her for a photograph to help with identification.
His father Le Minh Huan said Ha had wanted to send money home to his family, to clear the £23,000 paid to people smugglers and another £6,600 loan to build his family's home.
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