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25 Sikh stowaways found in truck in Belgium


London, Mar 10: At least 25 illegal Sikh immigrants, including children, were found hiding in a secret compartment of a Romanian truck by police at an industrial zone in Belgium.

On a tip-off about human trafficking, police stopped a Romanian lorry last evening and found 25 Sikhs aged between 2 and 88 squashed together in a secret compartment.

25 Sikh stowaways found in truck

"Behind a whole load of onions in the hold we discovered a self-made cage. The cage was no bigger than 4 square metres, but contained 25 people of Sikh origins, all squashed together," a local official said.

"The people could be freed from this hazardous condition and were taken care of by civil protection officers," he was quoted as saying by Flandersnews.be.

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The traffickers were thought to be intending to set off from a carwash in Essen. Two Romanian drivers were detained as well as the manager of the car wash. They are suspected of people-trafficking with exacerbating circumstances.


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