Six cold-frozen and malnourished Afghan refugees, four of whom claim to be minors, were discovered in a truck from Romania, on a Jura motorway rest area, the Lons-le-Saunier prosecutor said on Wednesday (January 13). .
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Aged 17 to 20 years, these young Afghans were installed in these trucks "
with their own body
", by individuals probably belonging to criminal networks, said prosecutor Lionel Pascal.
The drivers were exonerated.
Alerted by noises coming from their loading, Tuesday on a motorway rest area in Arlay, the truck drivers warned the gendarmerie.
Six stowaways in an irregular situation were discovered, "
severely affected by the cold,
" said Pascal, confirming information from the daily
Four of them were taken to hospital.
They think they got on the trucks in Romania, but according to the two truck drivers, it is more likely that they got on the load in Bulgaria.