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Seven bodies found in fertilizer shipment from Serbia to Paraguay

By Daniela Desantis

 

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A container where the authorities found decomposed bodies inside a fertiliser shipment that left Serbia three months ago is pictured in Asuncion, Paraguay, October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

 

ASUNCION (Reuters) - The badly decomposed bodies of seven people who may have been stowaways were found on Friday inside a shipment of fertilizer that left Serbia three months ago, Paraguayan authorities said.

 

The container left Serbia on July 21 and arrived earlier this week via Argentina at a river port on the outskirts of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion, prosecutor Marcelo Saldivar said.

 

The bodies were discovered on Friday when the managers of the company that bought the product opened it, he added.

 

Saldivar said the victims, who were all adults, appeared to have been stowaways. Two had identity documents indicating they were Moroccan, and a receipt for a Serbian taxi company was also found, suggesting they entered the container in Serbia.

 

"We assume that they arrived there from their country of origin and had planned to travel to a nearer destination but they did not calculate the distance well and did not survive the trip," he told Reuters.

 

"The supplies they had - cookies, bottled water and tinned food - were enough to last 72 hours."

 

Police also found bags of clothing and an opening for ventilation in the area of the container where the bodies were found. "All the bodies are decomposed. They are just hair and bones," he added.

 

The shipment's route would be checked, he said, along with cell phones found with the bodies, and the authorities in Morocco and Serbia would be contacted to try to determine the victims` identities.

 

(Reporting by Daniela Desantis, writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Alistair Bell and Sonya Hepinstall)

 

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I’m against the death penalty but when I read stories such as this I have to remind myself of this when it comes to those scum who profit from people trafficking. 

No. In the case that this thread is actually about, you are presuming that "people traffickers" were involved when the facts make it obvious that this was a DIY attempt. Morocans can get to Serbia eas

My assumptions are based on logic 

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14 hours ago, rooster59 said:

"The supplies they had - cookies, bottled water and tinned food - were enough to last 72 hours."


They probably figured the boat was going to somewhere in Western Europe.
 

 

14 hours ago, Bluespunk said:

I’m against the death penalty but when I read stories such as this I have to remind myself of this when it comes to those scum who profit from people trafficking.


People smuggling is a rotten industry but, to be fair, it sounds as if these lads were trying to figure out a route without having to pay smugglers. Much like the guys who break into lorries heading from Calais to the UK.

If following one of the well-worn routes, there would have been some danger, but the smugglers depend on mostly getting people to the UK or wherever alive, and have standing arrangements with the major charities and NGOs who do the work of actually landing the migrants in Europe. None of the regular smuggling groups would have put them into a transatlantic container.

 

1 hour ago, car720 said:

Begs the question.  What were they escaping from?


Lack of social services and free healthcare in Morocco.

 

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15 minutes ago, wombat said:

my question would be...who shut the container door ?

And who loaded the first batch of fertiliser up against their 'hide out' compartment?

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41 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

You really think people smuggler scum care about those they exploit?


They care about their business. There is a long chain of people who make money on the continuing flow of migrants and, in many cases, the agents in the home country don't get paid their share until the migrant starts sending back money.

IIRC, the incident you link to involved the lorry driver blocking up the air holes, or forgetting to unblock them once they were past customs, or something like that. The lorry was, at least, actually heading to the UK, so, the driver's inexperience was the weak link in the chain that had, until that point, got them the six thousand miles from Vietnam to Essex. That tragic event led to a major crackdown in Vietnam that, for a while, reduced the flow of migrants from there, so, yeah, millions of dollars are lost when someone messes up that badly.
 

 

36 minutes ago, wombat said:

my question would be...who shut the container door ?


If you have ever driven through a migrant camp, you'll know that there is no shortage of people hanging about who would willing to come help if pay them €50. The same thing happens at Calais, they often pay some kid to keep a lookout, shut the doors, strap the tarp, hammer the crate closed etc. That doesn't make those kids "smuggler scum".

There is so much hysteria around this subject, when what we actually need is clarity.

 

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23 minutes ago, donnacha said:


They care about their business. There is a long chain of people who make money on the continuing flow of migrants and, in many cases, the agents in the home country don't get paid their share until the migrant starts sending back money.

IIRC, the incident you link to involved the lorry driver blocking up the air holes, or forgetting to unblock them once they were past customs, or something like that. The lorry was, at least, actually heading to the UK, so, the driver's inexperience was the weak link in the chain that had, until that point, got them the six thousand miles from Vietnam to Essex. That tragic event led to a major crackdown in Vietnam that, for a while, reduced the flow of migrants from there, so, yeah, millions of dollars are lost when someone messes up that badly.
 

 


If you have ever driven through a migrant camp, you'll know that there is no shortage of people hanging about who would willing to come help if pay them €50. The same thing happens at Calais, they often pay some kid to keep a lookout, shut the doors, strap the tarp, hammer the crate closed etc. That doesn't make those kids "smuggler scum".

There is so much hysteria around this subject, when what we actually need is clarity.

 

Clearly we have different views on how much the scum who exploit those desperate enough to flee their homelands care about their victims...

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