- 22 OFWs were rescued in Denmark
- The Filipinos work as truck drivers in Padborg town
- The OFWs were found living and working in deplorable conditions
Twenty-two overseas Filipino workers working in Denmark as truck drivers were rescued from living and working conditions that are unacceptable by any standard.
Several photographs that emerged in Denmark showed that the truck drivers live in miserable conditions. They live in an unsanitary way and cold without proper bathing and kitchen facilities, according to Danish media.
As mentioned in an ABS-CBN story dated October 31, 2018, the Pinoy truck drivers were rescued by Danish police who raided the camp which was described as something from the worst slums in some Asian country.
Prior to the rescue operation, the Philippine Embassy based in Norway, which has jurisdiction over Denmark, had been working closely with the Danish government in the past weeks to assist the Filipino workers.
“Ambassador Batoon-Garcia flew to Denmark with a team to determine the status of the drivers whose living conditions, the Embassy said, were unacceptable by any standard. Ambassador Batoon-Garcia said the Embassy will make sure that Filipinos are treated humanely and with dignity,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement.
The DFA, Department of Labor and Employment and the Philippine Embassy in Norway assured that appropriate assistance will be accorded the rescued Filipino workers until an amicable solution is reached.