A 19-year-old woman was arrested after an attempt to smuggle an eight-year-old boy inside a suitcase through the border between Morocco and Spain’s North African enclave Ceuta.
CEUTA, SPAIN (MAY 7, 2015) (SPANISH INTERIOR MINISTRY) – An eight-year old boy was found inside a suitcase as a woman tried to smuggle him into the North African Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Thursday (May 7).
A spokesperson from Spain’s Civil Guard said customs officials noticed a woman looking nervous as she queued to cross the checkpoint known as the Tarajal border. She was then asked to put her luggage into an X-ray scanner in which the figure of a human was clearly seen.
The boy was immediately assisted by medics at the border control while the 19-year-old woman carrying him, was taken into police custody, Civil Guard confirmed.
An hour and a half later, police detained the father of the boy as he went through the same check point. The man, originally from the Ivory Coast, held a resident card from the Spanish Canary Islands and had paid the Moroccan 19-year old woman to carry the suitcase with his son, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
Both, the father and the woman were sent to preventive prison by a Ceuta judge on Friday (May 8) on charges of violating the rights of foreign citizens and putting the child’s life at risk.