UK truck deaths: Lured by human smugglers' promise of a better life, many end up dead or as modern-day slaves

Cheng Chui Ping, also known as Sister Ping, was immortalised in the 2009 book, The Snakehead.
Cheng Chui Ping, also known as Sister Ping, was immortalised in the 2009 book, The Snakehead.

It often begins with the promise of a better life.

Brokers dangle offers of well-paying jobs and the hope of escape from poor conditions back home.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 27, 2019, with the headline 'Lured by promise of a better life, many end up dead or as modern-day slaves'. Subscribe