Police in Germany and other European countries frequently find migrants stowed away in trucks crossing Europe. | Photo: Reuters
Police in Germany and other European countries frequently find migrants stowed away in trucks crossing Europe. | Photo: Reuters

Seven migrants were found in the back of a truck in Bremen on Wednesday. The migrants were all aged between 15 and 25. The truck driver told police he had not known about the stowaways.

Federal Police in Bremen said that it found seven young migrants inside a truck on Wednesday night.

Six migrants were from Afghanistan and one from Pakistan, and all were aged between 15 and 25, according to a press statement issued by the police on Thursday (January 20).

Police said that the truck driver assured them that he had not known about the passengers. He told the police that he had taken over the truck from the Bulgarian capital, Sofia on Saturday, January 15, and drove it to Bremen in the northwest of Germany.

As he wanted to hand in his shipping documents in Bremen port, he reportedly heard noises from the back of the vehicle and asked one of the toll office's staff to call the police. 

The young men were examined by a doctor. They were found to be suffering from exhaustion but had no critical health issues, German news agency dpa reported. The migrants were then transferred to a reception facility in Bremen.

Smuggler arrests

Smugglers are frequently arrested inside and outside the EU for trying to bring migrants into Western Europe using cars, lorries and trucks.

Last weekend, the police in the western state of North Rhine Westphalia intercepted a truck with seven African men hiding inside.

They had been hoping to reach the UK via Belgium, a popular route for migrants and smugglers.

In October 2019, London police found the dead bodies of 39 migrants in the back of a truck that had traveled along the same route. The migrants were transported to the UK via Europe by a gang of smugglers based in Belgium.

On Wednesday, a Belgian court sentenced the gang's mastermind to 15 years in prison.

Migrants who hide away in cargo trucks to cross the EU borders often risk death due to suffocation, overheating or hypothermia.

With dpa

 

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