Exeter in Devon, England. Photo: iStock

A total of 29 illegal Vietnamese nationals were caught when police stopped a van in the United Kingdom on April 12.

Police in Devon, England, stopped the van after they received reports that a group of people had arrived on a boat and entered the back of the vehicle, VN Express reported.

According to a spokesperson for the Devon Children and Families Partnership, the 29 Vietnamese were receiving temporary accommodation and care while authorities decided what to do with them.

Four Englishmen, aged 55 to 72, who brought the Vietnamese into the country, were charged with assisting illegal immigration and human trafficking on April 14 and were scheduled to appear in court again this week.

Vietnamese are one of the more prominent groups of people being trafficked into the United Kingdom illegally. Many end up in forced labor or are sexually exploited.

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