24 thoughts on “Saturday’s Papers

    1. Fearganainm

      Heartbreaking. She was from Ha Tinh province, scene of Vietnam’s worst environmental disaster, a chemical spill from a steel factory in 2016 that poisoned up to 125 miles of the northern coastline and devastated the local fishing industry. There are reports that her family remortgaged their home to pay the c£30,000 cost of her human trafficking. Some families over there either find the money themselves or raise it via a community fund-raising effort – they are, in their eyes, investing in one of their ‘best prospects’ young people who it is hoped will make it good in the West and send them money to help in their own lives. According to other reports the local end of the trafficking chain returned money to the family as news of the Essex tragedy broke. There are harrowing accounts online of the conditions of the bodies found in the container. Her poor young life and her poor family; when human stories as opposed to statistics emerge it’s always distressing and disturbing.

    2. Jimbo

      Who was the clown on here claiming the Tan press were blackguarding the innocent Irish driver ?
      You know, the one who has been charged with 39 murders tonight.
      I mean, why did he pull over where he did to check on his load in the early hours of the morning.
      Mofo is going down for a looking stretch.
      Serves him right.

  1. Lilly

    Why would a Vietnamese family pay traffickers £30,000 to bring their daughter to the UK when she could just board a commercial flight and use the money to study there for a while?

    1. Dav

      Lilly, they don’t, the 30k is the cost and would be paid by the people who were smuggled, effectively becoming slaves to the gangs that smuggled them.

      1. Lilly

        Yes, I understand that Dav but why go to those lengths? I know someone here who has had a Vietnamese friend over to visit, so visitor visas are not out of the question. Why not just apply for a visa and book a flight? (As lots of illegal Irish in the US once did.)

  2. Catherine costelloe

    I distinctly heard news reports that our Justice Dept stated that there were no Irish traffickers involved in the atrocity in Essex.
    And I thought then that this statement was way premature in the circumstances . And it’s a damn lie .

    1. martco

      there’s some major information management going on here…and it ain’t for the benefit of the victims families

      1. Steph Pinker

        We don’t need to look too far; some Irish who like to travel have a history in human trafficking – among other offences, unfortunately.

  3. GiggidyGoo

    “Retail outlet may harm city trade”
    Other things that harm city trade:
    €3 per hour parking in multi-stories – even on sundays.
    Chocolate Soldiers
    Ill-thought out planning and traffic management systems.
    Closed smaller shops (edged out by large stores and now eyesores)
    Neglect of the homeless

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Too many Mobile phone shops. Too many International coffee shops. Too many Euro shops. The city centres have been destroyed already, and to say that a retail outlet many kilometers outside it is going to affect it is rubbish. Even building one of those inside a town city doesn’t affect it. Killarney a prime example.

  4. GiggidyGoo

    England beat Ireland by 42 points recently.
    NZ beat Ireland by 32 points
    England beat NZ just now by 12 points

    England/ Ireland Minus NZ/Ireland = difference of 10 points Which is just about the 12 point difference in the match this morning. Ireland didn’t improve since England beat them at Twickenham. And Ireland were No.1 seed?

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