X-ray photos reveal child being smuggled was hidden inside a suitcase

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This is crazy. An eight-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast was being smuggled into Spain while being hidden inside a suitcase. Apparently, the boy’s father had paid a 19-year-old girl to carry the boy in the luggage from Morocco to neighboring Ceuta, a Spanish city in Africa. This was a bad plan that could have ended horribly for everyone.

X-ray photos clearly (and shockingly) reveal the outline of a human body in the luggage, which prompted officials to conduct a search. The boy was described to be in “a terrible state” when officials opened up the luggage. Which, well, yeah. Being stuck in a luggage will do that to you.

The father of the boy wanted to re-unite with his son in the Canary Islands, where he currently lives but has been arrested. The girl carrying the boy in bag wasn’t related to them. Just sad all around.


Spain regularly deals with illegal immigration attempts from Africa to the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla, both which are located in northern Africa.

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Dr Emilio Lizardo

Some quick googling showed that luggage compartments are kept at 7C (45F). Depending on how long the flight was and how warmly he was dressed, he could have died of hypothermia in a few hours.