berry-pickers say they were lured to sweden

Remanded for human trafficking

A 43 year old man has been remanded in custody by Uppsala District Court for human trafficking. He is accused by three Bulgarians for luring them to Sweden with false promises about making money picking berries in the forests.

The man, who is also Bulgarian, denies the charges. He was indicted here for human trafficking last year, but was found not guilty.

There’s been concern about hundreds of Bulgarians who have come to Sweden to pick berries this summer. Some have drawn criticism from local residents for damaging the forests and petty theft.

Many others have turned to the Bulgarian embassy in Stockholm for help getting home, saying they were stranded here after being more or less dumped in the forests under very poor conditions by the people who brought them here.