Four Afghan teenagers were rescued from a refrigerated truck in Kleve, Germany, just across the Dutch border. The Ukrainian driver of the truck heard knocking noises and called the police. He found them on the floor of the cargo hold, where it was 1 degree below zero at that time.
The boys stated that they boarded the truck in Calais, France, after breaking the seal on the back door. The driver then drove into Germany via Belgium and the Netherlands, where he spent the night from Saturday to Sunday in a truck parking lot. The police discovered the teenagers around 3:30 am. They were examined by a doctor, and then taken into custody.
It later turned out that the boys had already tried in vain to contact the police earlier that night, because they feared for their lives. However, those calls came in to the Belgian police. They begged for help, the German police wrote in a press release. The Belgian agents were unable to pinpoint the exact location of the cell phone, so they were unable to help the boys. The Belgians did, however, engage their German and Dutch colleagues to draw their attention to the matter.
In the end, the Kleve police found the boys. The Afghans were 13, 16, 17 and 19 years old. The three youngest were transferred to youth care. The police have applied to the judge for the arrest of the eldest.
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