|This is the X-ray that showed an eight-year-old African boy inside the luggage of a woman who was attempting to smuggle him into Spain|
An eight-year-old Ivorian child was found hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into Spanish territory in North Africa, an official said on Friday [May 8]. Customs officials stopped a 19-year-old woman trying to get in through the Cueta border, who was acting suspiciously. Expecting to find drugs, they were shocked to see instead a clear outline of the youngster curled up inside Moroccan woman's luggage.
|When customs officials freed him, the boy reportedly said: 'Hello, my name is Abou'. A Civil Guard spokesman said the situation could have had a 'tragic ending'|
|A woman from the Ivory Coast, who admitted to being the mother of the child, was waiting for his arrival|
Spain faces growing pressure from migrants from Africa, particularly through its two enclaves there. According to the authorities, more than 16,000 people tried to enter them in 2014 and nearly 5,000 succeeded, compared so some 3,000 in 2013.