An estimated shortage of 400,000 truck drivers is compounding supply chain issues in Europe. Truck drivers transport about 75% of all inland freight across the borders of the European Union. Unscrupulous employers are taking advantage of a transport sector bleeding from this shortage by recruiting truck drivers from as far as the Philippines.
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Filipino migrant truck drivers work under exploitative conditions. They live in their trucks for months at a time, drive excessively long hours, and are paid low wages. European authorities have dismissed various complaints of exploitation, saying “this isn’t slavery.”
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Writer and narrator: Ana P. Santos
Video footage and images in the Netherlands: Jofelle Tesorio
Graphics and animation: David Castuciano
Creative direction: Emil Mercado
Producer: Jaira Roxas
Supervising producer: Beth Frondoso