Human traffic: tackling people-smuggling at ports
By Chris Lo
Every so often, a momentous tragedy gives us a sobering glimpse into the clandestine network of human traffickers that constantly operates in the shadows. The criminal groups involved in smuggling people across borders illegally are adept at treading softly, side-stepping law enforcement and almost always working beneath the notice of the wider public.
For the UK and Europe more widely, one such eye-opening moment came in October, when the bodies of 39 Vietnamese citizens – ten of whom were teenagers – were discovered in the back of a refrigerated lorry in an industrial park in Grays, Essex.
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