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Woman Arrested After Attempting to Smuggle Young Boy in Luggage

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 08, 2015

Woman Arrested After Attempting to Smuggle Young Boy in Luggage

Photo via Twitter

There have been plenty of odd things found in the luggage of travelers over the years, but one woman who was trying to enter Ceuta, Spain, was caught smuggling an 8-year-old boy in a suitcase.

According to The Telegraph, a 19-year-old woman was arrested when border security working in the Spanish-governed territory of Ceuta in Northern Africa discovered the Ivorian boy jammed into a piece of luggage.

The woman was crossing from Morocco to Ceuta on Thursday when she was asked to put her bag through an x-ray machine. When security officials examined the image generated by the machine, the silhouette of a small person appeared.

Authorities claimed the boy was “in a terrible state,” and he was immediately checked by medics before being put in the custody of the juvenile prosecutor's office. The woman was arrested and charged with attempted smuggling. The boy’s father was arrested a short time later when he tried to cross the border as well.

BBC Africa shared the startling images on Twitter of the luggage x-ray and the child getting out of the bag after being discovered:

Unfortunately, situations like this have become all too common due to many Africans trying desperately to leave the continent for a better life in Europe. Thousands of people risk their lives each year trying to enter Spanish-governed territories in Northern Africa with hopes of making it across the Mediterranean.

Whether it’s climbing over the security fences built along the borders, trying to swim or sail to a better area or stowing themselves in luggage or storage containers, immigrants have shown that they will go to extreme lengths for a chance at a better life.

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