Aid sought for 40 Pinoy truck drivers in Germany, Poland

Published November 8, 2018, 7:38 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Roy Mabasa

At least 40 other Filipino truck drivers who are living and working in ghastly conditions in Germany and Poland have sought the assistance of the Philippine government and local authorities in Europe.

The Philippine Embassies in Oslo, Warsaw and Berlin are currently working closely with authorities in those capital cities to provide assistance to the Filipino drivers who are believed to be victims of human trafficking.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Geneva is said to be discussing the situation of the Filipino drivers with their employer.

This developed following the rescue of 22 Filipino truck drivers in Denmark late last month.

The Danish police raided a property in Padborg on October 30 and found the Filipino drivers living in “slum-like” conditions in containers.

The raid in Padborg, a city near the Denmark-Germany border, has caught the attention of a member of the European Parliament who described the treatment of the Filipino drivers as “inhumane.”

“Their living conditions are inhumane. In many respect, it’s hard to imagine human beings living like this,” EU Parliament Member Rina Ronja Kari said in a video posted on a Copenhagen-based online news platform.