The Telegraph reported a horrific incident in which an eight-year-old Ivorian boy hidden in a suitcase was smuggled across the border into the Spanish territory in north Africa, on Friday.
The incident came to light when the suitcase was examined through X-Ray scanner. A police official said:
“When they put the suitcase through the scanner, the operator noticed something strange, which seemed to be a person inside the case. When it was opened they found a minor, in a terrible state.”
After investigation, it was revealed that a 19-year-old woman took the case through a pedestrian crossing from Morocco into the small Spanish-governed territory of Ceuta on Thursday.
The Civil Guard arrested the woman, who was due to go before a judge.They also arrested the boy’s father when he tried to cross the border a few hours later. The father is Ivorian and lives in Spain’s Canary Islands.
Thousands of migrants, each year risk their lives trying to enter Ceuta and another Spanish territory bordering Morocco, Melilla, in search of a better life in Europe.