Woman tries to smuggle 8 year old African boy into Spain

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By The Daily News

A Moroccan teenager tried to smuggle an 8-year-old boy into Spain by stuffing him in her hot pink suitcase, officials said.

Border control agents discovered the kid contraband Thursday when his outline showed up on the X-ray scanner, police told AFP.

The 19-year-old woman took the luggage across the border from Morocco to Ceuta, a Spanish-governed territory in Northern Africa. She seemed nervous and reluctant to cross the border, checkpoint agents said, so they x-rayed her suitcase.

“The operator noticed something strange, which seemed to be a person inside the case,” a Civil Guard police spokesman said.

The Ivory Coast boy is currently in Spanish child protective services.

When the guards unzipped the fucisa bag, they found an 8-year-old boy curled up inside. He said his name was Abou and was from Africa’s Ivory Coast.

The 19-year-old, who was not related to the boy, was arrested.

Two hours later the boy’s dad, who is originally from Ivory Coast but now live in Spain’s Canary Islands, crossed the same border. Police arrested him, too.

The father said he had recently applied for family reunification, but was denied,Spanish newspaper El Pais reported. Police said the father likely paid the woman to smuggle the boy into Spain. However, the dad said he had no idea the boy would be stuffed into a suitcase.

The boy is currently in Spanish child protective services.

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