23 October 2019
We’re shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news today of the 39 people found dead in a lorry container in Grays, Essex, UK. Our thoughts are with the families of these people and all involved in the case.
The authorities are in the very early stages of their investigations, and at the point of writing it is unclear whether the people who so tragically have lost their lives, are victims of trafficking.
Human trafficking involves recruiting, harbouring or transporting people and forcing them into a situation with no way out, for the purposes of their exploitation.
While people smuggling can be an element of trafficking, the terms can often be incorrectly confused as meaning the same thing.
What this tragic case highlights are the extraordinary and dangerous risks that vulnerable people take in order to provide for their families, and as such may accept precarious job offers and make risky decisions in their quest for a better life.
With complex migration pathways, such as journeys that mean crossing multiple borders, these may begin as cases of people smuggling, but if they involve exploitation, they could turn into human trafficking along the journey. By this point victims are trapped, reliant on their traffickers and extremely vulnerable.
Anti-Slavery International will provide further information as details emerge about whether this case is one of human trafficking.
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