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Remains of all 39 lorry death victims returned to Vietnam

Chris Humphrey, DPA on

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The news led to philanthropic responses from concerned individuals and companies.

A page on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe has raised $30,000, while Vingroup, a Vietnamese conglomerate, has pledged to donate $800 to each victim's family in Nghe An and Ha Tinh.

Do Thi Kim Lien, a Vietnamese businesswoman, has also been donating funds to the families to allow them to repatriate the bodies of their loved ones.

In the central Vietnamese provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, a total of 11 people have been arrested for suspected involvement in the lorry death tragedy.

British police have also arrested several suspects for alleged involvement in the tragedy, including truck driver Maurice Robinson, who pleaded guilty to aiding illegal immigration, but said he was not guilty of the 39 counts of manslaughter he has been charged with.

The bodies of the Vietnamese migrants were discovered in the back of a refrigerated lorry on October 23 in Essex, in southeast England.

 

Hundreds of Vietnamese are trafficked to Britain each year, according to the charity Ecpat.

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