Vietnam strongly condemns human trafficking: FM Spokesperson

Update: 10:30 | 02/11/2019
TGVN. Vietnam strongly condemns human trafficking and considers it a serious crime subject to strict penalties, the Spokesperson of Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang has said.  
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The Spokesperson of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang. (Photo: Nguyen Hong)

According to the Vietnamese Embassy in the United Kingdom, on Nov 1, 2019, Essex Police announced that the people found dead inside a truck in Essex, north-eastern London were believed to be Vietnamese nationals, but the identity had not been confirmed. Regarding this information, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Le Thi Thu Hang stated:

“This is a serious humanitarian tragedy. We are deeply saddened by the incident and wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families. We wish they may soon overcome those tremendous pain and losses.

From the very first days, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs instructed its Consular Department and the Vietnamese Embassy in the United Kingdom to work in close coordination with the relevant Vietnamese and British central and local authorities, provide all relevant information, open hotlines and promptly undertake citizen protection measures as necessary should there be any Vietnamese nationals involved in the case. The Embassy also forwarded the British Police’s identification documents to the Vietnamese authorities for cross-check.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and the British Police have been closely collaborating to verify the identity of the victims suspected of being Vietnamese nationals and will publish the findings as soon as possible.

Vietnam strongly condemns human trafficking and considers it a serious crime subject to strict penalties. Vietnam calls upon countries in the region and around the world to step up cooperation in combating human trafficking in order to prevent the recurrence of such tragedy.

We are grateful that the British government and other relevant authorities have actively conducted the investigation, timely provided identification information to and worked in close coordination with the Vietnamese competent authorities. We hope that the British side would soon complete the investigation to bring those responsible for this tragedy to justice.”

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