Two Londonderry Men Charged with People Smuggling

Two Londonderry men charged in connection to the death of a man being smuggled into the UK

The Northern Irish men were charged in connection to the death of an Afghan man who was found in a container at Tilbury Docks in Essex.

The pair, both Londonderry lorry drivers in their mid-thirties, are charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

34 other people survived the journey in the container and ranged from 1 to 72 years old.

Suspicion was raised over this case relating to human trafficking, but it is thought that the individuals being transported were willingly entering the country and no conspiracy for exploitation has been alleged.

This brings home the importance of the language we use: human trafficking is NOT people smuggling. The UN’s definition of human trafficking is below, and we have shortened it to “the deception, the movement and the exploitation of human beings for profit.”

 “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”