The group, who have been picking berries in the province of Jämtland, say they were taken to Sweden by an unknown person with promises that there would be work for them. But, they say, they were left in a forest with very poor living conditions.
The embassy tells the TT news agency that it doesn’t have funds to pay for travel back to Bulgaria, and the hope is that friends and family back home will send money.
The embassy is providing them with some food and water. The bus they are sleeping in has been provided by the local Stockholm authorities.
Arrest for human trafficking
Swedish Radio News reports that a Bulgarian man has been arrested following a police complaint from three of the berry-pickers. He is accused of human trafficking.
Berry-pickers ask for help
Swedish Radio reports that around 10 Bulgarian berry-pickers have turned to the authorities in Kopparberg for food and money so they can travel home.
Bulgarian ambassador calls for local meeting
Bulgaria’s ambassador to Sweden has requested a meeting with the authorities in Söderhamn, 250 kilometers north of Stockholm, to discuss the recent problems concerning berry-pickers from his country.