Published On: Fri, Oct 25th, 2019

Essex lorry latest: Vietnamese family fear daughter died in container after tragic texts | UK | News

Pham Thi Tra, 26, has been identified by Vietnam-based human rights charity Human Rights Space as a possible victim of the lorry tragedy.

Pham sent a series of text messages to her mother warning she had “not succeeded” in a “journey abroad”, just hours before 39 bodies were found in the lorry near Grays.

She warned she was “dying because I can’t breathe”.

The texts, seen by the Guardian, said: “I’m sorry Mum. My journey abroad hasn’t succeeded. Mum, I love you so much!

“I’m dying because I can’t breathe. I’m from Nghèn, Can Lộc, Hà Tĩnh, Vietnam. I am sorry, Mum.”

Hoa Nghiem of Human Rights Space said: “The girl’s family got in touch with the lawyer – who has dealt with cases like this before – asking if she could help. They are desperate for any information about their daughter.

“They just want any updates and have been posting on forums and speaking to the lawyer about getting help.”

An expert in Vietnamese people trafficking told the Guardian the texts seemed genuine.

Mimi Vu said: “She writes her name and where she is from, which is very important, to tell people where she should be buried. It is important for the body to be returned to the place of birth.”

Police had earlier said all 39 victims were Chinese nationals. However they said the situation could “change” as the investigation continued.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

This is a developing story, more to follow…


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