Vietnamese discovered dead in Essex smuggled through Berlin

Several of the Vietnamese victims who were found lifeless in a refrigerated container in Essex, England in October, had been in Berlin before their death, Dutch investigative journalists at Argos and rbb24 Recherche find. Not an isolated case: in the past few years, the smuggling of young Vietnamese into Western Europe has increased significantly.

22 Nov 2019

Major police raid against Vietnamese smugglers. Action in Berlin

Young Vietnamese, waiting for their onward transport to West Germany, France, Holland or the UK were found during a large raid conducted by a massive police force in numerous properties in the greater Berlin area. It's one of the largest proceedings against human smuggling that has entered its decisive phase. The officers searched 21 "Safe Houses" in which the smugglers house smuggled Vietnamese. There they also secured data carriers and other documents.

3 Mar 2020

Human trafficking made easy: How Vietnamese Children Are Exploited

For years, professional Vietnamese human trafficking networks have been operating almost unmolested in Germany. They bring their compatriots there and exploit them: in nail salons or massage parlors, but increasingly also in forced prostitution or in drug production. In most cases this crime goes undetected. According to official information, there are hardly any Vietnamese victims of human trafficking in Germany. The real dimension of the problem remains hidden from the general public. This is also due to the fact that the Federal Republic has not yet followed up on its international obligations. A reportage from Adrian Bartocha and Jan Wiese.

14 Jan 2021

Interview Adrian Bartocha: 'This is serious organized crime'

Interview with investigative journalist Adrian Bartocha on human trafficking with Vietnamese minors in Europe. He and Jan Wiese of the RBB, the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, saw the Argos investigation into the disappearance of dozens of Vietnamese children in the Netherlands and started their own investigation. They discovered that many more Vietnamese children have disappeared in Germany and that there is organized human trafficking.

Language: Dutch
18 Jan 2021

Lost in Europe is nominated

Our investigation into the disappearence of Vietnamese children is nominated and on the shortlist for the #IJ4EU impact award European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF).

19 Feb 2021