198 Sweden-Stranded Bulgarian Berry Pickers Rescued

Politics » DIPLOMACY | July 26, 2012, Thursday // 13:18
Bulgaria: 198 Sweden-Stranded Bulgarian Berry Pickers Rescued Photo by Svt.se

198 of the Bulgarian citizens who were stranded in Sweden are now traveling to their home country, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has announced.

The Bulgarian citizens left late on Wednesday carried by three buses provided by Swedish authorities.

Six Bulgarian Foreign Ministry minivans have already headed for Stockholm in order to bring back 42 more of the stranded Roma.

Two additional buses are to departure later on Thursday from Sofia, aiming to rescue a group of 93 berry pickers.

The Bulgarian citizens had been lured to Sweden with the promise of work during the berry picking season, but were then left to fend for themselves in the forests, local media informed.

On Monday, a 43-year-old man, whose name was not given, was detained in Sweden suspected of human trafficking, after a number of the berry pickers reported to local police he had tricked them into making the trip.

The individual or individuals behind the Bulgarian Roma's berry picking trip to Sweden apparently took advantage of the country's so-called Allemensr?tten (the right of public access to the wilderness), Swedish online commentators have observed.

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