A 37-YEAR-OLD man has today been charged after the bodies of 39 migrants were found in the back of a lorry in Essex.
The man has been charged with facilitating immigration between May 2018 and October 2019.
He is expected to appear at Basildon Magistrates' Court today.
It comes as Essex Police continue their investigations into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals, who were tragically found in the back of a refrigerated lorry in October last year.
The victims included two 15-year-old boys.
Their names were released on November 7, two weeks after they were taken to be identified.
Among the victims was Pham Thi Tra My, 26, who texted her parents in her final moments.
"I’m sorry Mum, my path to abroad didn’t succeed," she wrote.
"Mum, I love you and Dad so much! I’m dying because I can’t breathe.”
Authorities previously revealed the provisional cause of death for those in the lorry was a combination of hypoxia and hyperthermia (overheating) in an enclosed space.
Essex Police have previously travelled to Vietnam to speak with the families of the victims.
ACC Tim Smith of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "This visit has been crucial to ensure we gave the victims’ families the very best support we could despite the distance from Essex.
"Our officers and staff have worked hard to ensure this happened and I hope it has given the families affected some small comfort in such a tragic event."
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