On Thursday, a Moroccan woman was caught trying to smuggle an eight-year-old child in a suitcase over the border into a Spanish territory on the northern tip of Africa!
According to reports, customs officials couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the silhouette of a child stuffed in a suitcase as it went through the security scanner in Ceuta.
The suitcase was carried by a 19-year-old woman from Morocco, who tried to sneak him into Spanish territory, but she wasn’t even related to the boy, who is reportedly from Ivory Coast in West Africa.
The woman was suspected to be paid by the child’s father, A.O., who tried to cross into Spain an hour and a half later, assuming his son Abou would be awaiting his arrival.
But after the 43-year-old said he was from Ivory Coast, customs officials became suspicious. Once they showed him a picture of the boy in the suitcase, the man broke down and admitted to being the boy’s father, saying:
“I just wanted to bring him to the Canary Islands with me.”
Though A.O. claimed he didn’t know his son would be smuggled in a suitcase, he and the woman were sent to preventative prison for putting the child’s life at risk.
Abou has reportedly been placed under protection of Ceuta authorities until they can get more information about his family.
Wow! No matter how desperate the father was to get his child across the border, the boy’s safety should always come first!
[Image via Spanish Civil Guard/HO.]