The stays of 16 individuals who perished in the back of a refrigerated lorry container at Essex a month have arrived in Vietnam, according to a statement by the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry.
They came to Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Wednesday afternoon, the announcement included, and were instantly met by agents of the regional communities.
The victims were taken back to their home states — Nghe An, Ha Tinh and Quang Binh — at which they had been handed over to their families.
A joint operation between British and Vietnamese governments remains reacting to repatriate the remaining 23 sufferers, the ministry stated.
It included:”Since the incident, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Vietnamese Embassy in the united kingdom are actively working closely together with Vietnamese and local governments in addition to the British side to help households in need in diplomatic settlement, inhumane soul, in accord with international law, along with legal terms and practices of both nations.”
Meanwhile, the UK’s ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward stated on Wednesday he expected the initial repatriations could”bring a little comfort” to the families of their victims.
He added: “This is a really tough time, but I guarantee that the households and civic people as a whole which we’re going to continue to raise the collaboration between the united kingdom and Vietnam to stop human trafficking and protect vulnerable individuals here.
“Human trafficking is a global issue that needs us to work together to resolve it.
“We will keep on working together with the Vietnamese government to inquire into the criminal acts that resulted in this disaster.”
According to a further ministry statement seen by Reuters, the victims’ families are expected to foot the bill for repatriation of the loved ones — and maybe paying around $2,500 per individual.
On the other hand, the ministry also has said that it will progress the payment and organize for the households to settle the prices at a later date.
The 39 sufferers, all aged between 15 and 44, we’re located at the rear of a lorry container within an industrial park at Essex in October.
Police later detained the car’s 25-year-old motorist Maurice”Mo” Robinson and billed him for a range of crimes, such as 39 counts of manslaughter.
He pleaded guilty in court earlier this week to helping in illegal immigration and obtaining criminal land, but didn’t enter a plea for the remainder of his fees.