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Twenty-two Filipino truck drivers have been rescued from deplorable living conditions in the town of Padborg, Denmark.
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement that Danish police raided the camp where the Filipinos were staying. The DFA said the living conditions endured there were “unacceptable by any standard”, ABS-CBN News reported.
The DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Norway, which also serves Denmark, had been working with the Danish authorities for the past weeks before the Filipino workers were rescued.
“The Embassy has been coordinating with the United Federation of Danish Workers, Danish authorities and other contacts as soon the Embassy was informed of the drivers’ situation,” the DFA said.
Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia flew to Denmark to assess the situation and reportedly will make sure that the migrant workers are treated humanely and with dignity. Reports also say that the embassy will assist the Filipinos until an appropriate and amicable solution is reached.