Parents of woman who sent chilling texts 'from inside Essex lorry' tell of heartache

By Mirror | Saturday, Oct 26th 2019 at 15:20
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A mum and dad have spoken of their heartbreak after their daughter's attempt to start a better life for herself in the UK seemingly ended in tragedy.

In the wake of the horrific discovery of 39 dead bodies in the back of a lorry in an industrial estate in Grays, Essex, work has begun to identify those who tragically lost their lives.

Yesterday it was reported Vietnamese 26-year-old Pham Thi Tra had sent a harrowing text to her mum saying she couldn't breath and that her journey to the UK had not worked out as planned.

She wrote: “I’m sorry Mum. My journey abroad hasn’t succeeded. Mum, I love you so much! I’m dying because I can’t breathe ... I’m from Nghen, Can Loc, Ha Tinh, Vietnam ... I am sorry, Mum.”

Now her parents Nguyen Thi Phong and Pham Van Thin have spoken of their heartbreak from their home in Vietnam's Ha Tinh province.

"I've lost both my loved one and my money," dad Pham said in an interview with CCN.

Despite earning the equivalent of $400 (£311) a month between them, the couple scraped together the thousands of dollars needed to send their daughter to the UK.

After they paid the smugglers, Tra My travelled through China and France on her way to Pursfleet.

"The smugglers said that this was a safe route, that people would go by airplane, car ... if I had known she would go by this route, I would not have let her go," Pham said.

The devastated mum and dad are now waiting on the British and Vietnamese authorities to send their daughter's body home.

As they do, the Vietnamese community in the UK is collecting photos and information about known missing persons in the hopes of identifying those currently being held at Broomfield hospital's morgue.

"We now have photos of nearly 20 people reporting missing, aged 15-45," read a statement on Viethome, a website for the Vietnamese community in the UK. 

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