A global look at mass deaths of trafficked migrants


Body bags lie at the scene where a tractor-trailer with multiple bodies was discovered, Monday, June 27, 2022, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


A global overview of some of the deadliest incidents involving trafficked migrants in trucks or shipping containers:

— June 27, 2022: 50 migrants died after being abandoned in a sweltering tractor-trailer on a remote San Antonio side road.

— October 23, 2019: 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex, England. Four men were imprisoned for manslaughter.

— July 23, 2017: Eight immigrants were found dead in a stuffy trailer in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot. Two others later died in hospitals. The driver was sentenced to life in prison.

— February 20, 2017: 13 African migrants suffocated in a shipping container while being transported between two cities in Libya. A total of 69 migrants, most from Mali, were crammed into the container, according to the local branch of the Red Crescent.

— August 27, 2015: Austrian police discover an abandoned truck containing the bodies of 71 migrants, including eight children, from Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. The truck, found along a highway, had crossed Austria from Hungary.

— April 4, 2009: 35 Afghan migrants asphyxiated in a shipping container in southwestern Pakistan. Authorities said more than 100 people were crammed inside the container.

— April 9, 2008: 54 Burmese migrants suffocated in the back of a sealed refrigerated truck in Ranong, Thailand.

— May 14, 2003: 19 migrants died in a suffocating tractor-trailer while traveling from South Texas to Houston.

— June 18, 2000: 58 Chinese immigrants are found dead in a truck in the English port city of Dover. The Dutch truck had transported the immigrants across the English Channel from Belgium. Two people survived.

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