DEATHS OF 39 MIGRANTS IN A CONTAINER IN ESSEX

SÉANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOLLOWING THE DEATHS OF 39 MIGRANTS IN A CONTAINER IN ESSEX

An event due to take place during this weekend's Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin has been cancelled following the deaths of 39 migrants in a truck container in Essex.

About fifteen years ago I was a manager in a large Multi-National based in Dublin and over a period of time I got to know a gentleman from China who worked in the company canteen. One day I visited a restaurant in Capel street with a number of friends and the same gentleman was our waiter. The next day I had a chat with him and discovered that, as well as being a student he had three jobs requiring him to work a total of 60 hours per week and that he had to send 80% of his earnings to his home village so that they could repay a loan that had been raised to send him to study in Ireland. The loan amounted to Euro 20,000. At the time I was unaware of Human Trafficking and did not even consider the possibility.

Here in Ireland you can report suspicions of human trafficking confidentially by calling Freephone 1800 250 025 or emailing [email protected]

For more information please visit https://ec.europa.eu/anti-trafficking/member-states-0/Ireland_en

"In consideration of the recent tragedy in Essex, Bram Stoker Festival, an initiative of Dublin City Council and Fáilte Ireland, has decided to cancel all performances of Séance in Wolfe Tone Square, Dublin 1. The venue for the production is a shipping container. Under the circumstances, the festival’s funders felt it inappropriate to continue to present it in the programme. Full refunds for tickets to this event will be issued to all ticket holders as soon as possible."
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