boy from the Ivory Coast survived several hours locked in a
suitcase, bundled in a fetal position, as his family tried to
smuggle him into Spain. But they didn’t succeed as police
officers discovered him in the suitcase via scan
Thursday May 7 in El Tarajal, a terrestrial point of entry at
Spain’s border with Morocco.
The boy, who is now in Spanish custody, is believed to have
spent many hours in the pink, medium-sized polyester
suitcase, pressed against a few personal belongings.
“He was shocked when we opened the suitcase to
see so many people looking at him,” a Spanish
police spokesman told CNN. He also said the boy is
in good condition.
The police spokesman said police officers in El Tarajal
became suspicious when a 21-year-old woman, a
Moroccan National, showed signs of nervousness as she
attempted to cross the border wheeling the suitcase down
“Our officers asked her if she needed help as the
wheels began to give in,” the spokesman said.
Suspecting a drug smuggling case, police brought the
suitcase in for an x-ray. That is when they found the boy.
He was immediately taken to a state child custodian and
awaits judicial process, the official said.
A man who is apparently his father, identified as A.O., was
arrested a few hours after the boy was found. The man,
who has permanent residency in Spain, awaits formal
The spokesman said this is the first time they have found
this type of smuggling, in which a child was locked into a
Culled from CNN