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[News] How distress call to BBC led to rescue of six women trapped in refrigerated lorry in France


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Six women have been rescued from the back of a lorry in France, after the BBC helped track them down and alerted the police. The four Vietnamese and two Iraqis, thought to be migrants, were trapped inside, panicking and struggling to breathe. One of them spoke to the BBC from inside the lorry. The BBC then helped to contact the police, who stopped the lorry. French police have arrested the lorry driver. They have also opened an investigation into a suspected human trafficking operation. Here's the story of what happened. At around midday on Wednesday, my phone screen lit up. It was a message that read: "There are some people who crossed the border from France to England in a refrigerated van." Before I could finish reading the message, a call came in. "Are you in Europe? Please help, it's urgent," a panicked voice rang out. I felt cold all over. The tragic story of 39 Vietnamese migrants found dead after being suffocated in a lorry trailer back in 2019 in Essex was still fresh in my mind.

 

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I didn't know who the caller was, but I believed he knew me from when I covered the Essex lorry deaths, as a lot of Vietnamese people approached me that time. I asked the caller a few questions, but quickly became frustrated at not being able to get the information I needed. This is what I learned - there was a group of about six people hiding in the lorry, its license plate number was unknown, as was its location and the direction it was heading in. All I knew at this point, from what the caller had told me, was that the vehicle was in France, but it seemed to have turned around and was no longer going towards its original destination - the border to England. I was told the six women were in the trunk of the lorry and that the air conditioning started to turn on. Those inside were very cold and were panicking. But they were still able to contact the outside world, and the caller put one of them in touch with me. "It's so cold, it [the cooler] keeps blowing," a young woman texted me from the lorry, who was carrying bananas. She said the lorry was sealed with an iron bar. She also sent me two short videos showing the scene inside.

 

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