Final remains of UK truck victims arrive in Vietnam

The final remains of the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain last month arrived in Vietnam Saturday, the foreign ministry said, returning them to bereft families after weeks of waiting.The victims were among the 31 men and eight women discovered in a refrigerated lorry in Essex, east of London, on October 23 - all Vietnamese nationals who were illegal migrant workers.The first 16 bodies were returned on Wednesday, with tearful relatives mobbing ambulances when they arrived in their hom

4 December 2019

Vietnamese families bury first victims of UK truck tragedy

Throngs of weeping relatives on Thursday buried the first of 39 Vietnamese people found dead in a truck in Britain last month, in emotional ceremonies for the young victims whose deaths have rattled their rural towns.The first of the remains arrived in Vietnam from London on a commercial flight Wednesday, closing a weeks-long, agonising wait by families eager to have their children back home. All 31 men and eight women found dead in a refrigerated trailer in Essex last month were Vie

29 November 2019

Vietnam: From child labour to trafficking

The ASEAN Post recently published an article regarding the state of human trafficking in the ASEAN region. In that article, there was a focus on Vietnam due to the recent tragedy involving 39 people who were found dead in a refrigerated trailer in Britain.While the victims were initially identified as Chinese, it has since been ascertained that at least 20 were, in fact, Vietnamese, and almost all from the same – considered poor – province of Nghe An.

2 November 2019

Human trafficking thriving in ASEAN

Recently, 39 people were found dead in a refrigerated trailer in Britain. While the victims were initially identified as Chinese, it has since been found that at least 20 were, in fact, Vietnamese, and almost all from the same – considered poor – province of Nghe An.

31 October 2019

Britain starts election battle over Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson locked horns Wednesday with his rivals in a fiery launch to an unpredictable early general election aimed at breaking Britain's protracted Brexit deadlock.Johnson's sparring with the main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn came a day after MPs backed the premier's call for Britain's third election in four years.The December 12 poll was decided just a few hours after Brussels extended this week's Brexit deadline to give London mor

31 October 2019

The 'VIP packages' enticing Vietnamese to UK

For up to US$50,000, Vietnamese migrants can get the "VIP package" to Britain - flight, fake passport and even a lawyer - illegal, but billed as safer than cheaper overland routes by people smugglers who provide a menu of options for those trying to reach the UK.Details of well-oiled smuggling routes spanning Vietnam to Europe have come under renewed scrutiny after 39 people were found dead in a truck in Britain. Initially identified as Chinese, many are now believed to be

29 October 2019

Confessions of a cannabis farmer

Holed up alone in a suburban British house thousands of miles from home, cannabis farmer Cuong Nguyen spent months carefully nurturing his plants, one of thousands of Vietnamese migrants working in the UK's multi-billion dollar weed industry.Cuong - who is now 41 - slipped into Britain illegally, hidden under a lorry before going on to grow cannabis in homes, hotels and even a stable.His dangerous journey from the poor, rough Vietnamese port town of Haiphong to Britain's illegal can

17 October 2019

EU, UK seen closing in on 'possible' Brexit text

Brussels hopes to wake up to a Brexit breakthrough Wednesday as EU and British negotiators worked hard through the night on a draft agreement.The pound hit its highest level in five months after both sides voiced cautious optimism that an outline agreement could be found before Thursday's key European summit.Any deal would still have to go to EU leaders at that summit and then be voted on by a sceptical British parliament – perhaps as early as during a special session on Saturday.But EU

16 October 2019

Autopsy done on body of lost girl in Malaysia

Malaysian authorities on Wednesday conducted a post-mortem examination on the body of a Franco-Irish teen found in the jungle after she disappeared from a resort, as her family mourned the "unbearable" loss.The unclothed body of Nora Quoirin, 15, was discovered Tuesday in a ravine in dense rainforest after a 10-day hunt involving hundreds of people, helicopters and sniffer dogs.She went missing from the Dusun Resort, not far from Kuala Lumpur, on 4 August, a day after checking in fo

15 August 2019

Body of Franco-Irish teen found in Malaysia jungle

The naked body of a vulnerable Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian resort was found in a jungle ravine Tuesday after a 10-day search involving a hundreds-strong team.A helicopter winched the body out of the rainforest and transported it to hospital, and the parents of missing 15-year-old Nora Quoirin later identified her. She disappeared from the Dusun Resort, not far from Kuala Lumpur, on 4 August, a day after checking in for a holiday with her London-based family.Her

14 August 2019

Malaysian shamans search for missing teen

Shamans conducted rituals in the Malaysian jungle Monday in the latest bid to find a missing Franco-Irish teen, as her family offered a reward for information leading to the girl’s return.Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into resort by a rainforest with her London-based family.They believe she was abducted, but Malaysian police have classified it as a missing person case.About 350 people are searching through dense jungle ne

13 August 2019

British PM steps down

Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation in an emotional address on Friday, ending a dramatic three-year tenure of near-constant crisis over Brexit and increasing the likelihood of Britain crashing out of the European Union (EU) later this year.May, who took charge in the aftermath of the 2016 Brexit referendum, was forced to make way following a Conservative mutiny over her ill-fated strategy to end Britain's near five-decade membership of the EU."It is and will always

25 May 2019