Published: Wed, January 04, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Woman tried to smuggle migrant across border in a suitcase

Woman tried to smuggle migrant across border in a suitcase

A 22-year-old Moroccan woman was arrested December 30 for trying to smuggle a 19-year-old sub-Saharan migrant into Ceuta inside a suitcase in her auto, according to Spanish media reports.

When police checked a auto on Tuesday one person was found hidden in the dashboard and another in the hollowed-out back seat.

A similar incident occurred in 2015, when an 8-year-old boy from Ivory Coast was found in a suitcase that belonged to a 19-year-old woman. The case had been carried by a 19-year-old woman.

Another migrant was found under the back seat of the same vehicle.

In a separate incident last Friday, a woman was arrested for attempting to smuggle a teenage boy across the border in a suitcase, reports El Pais.

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A teenager curled up in a suitcase has been discovered by border guards at a Spanish enclave in what police believe is a bid to get himself smuggled into Europe.

The migrants tried "to force open some of the doors in the external fence, using iron bars, wire cutters and large stones, with which they assaulted Moroccan forces and [Spanish] Guardia Civil [police] agents", the central government's representative office in Ceuta said in a statement.

The migrants, from sub-Saharan Africa, were trying to reach Europe and stormed the border fence just after 4 am local time on New Year's Day.

Five Spanish policemen and 50 members of the Moroccan forces were wounded, including one who lost an eye, said the statement. It estimated there were 800 migrants involved - all of whom had been arrested.

But most migrants are reportedly intercepted and returned to Morocco, while those who make it over the fences are eventually repatriated or released.

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