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Woman Tries Smuggling Man In Suitcase Into Spain (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

A Moroccan woman was arrested after attempting to smuggle someone in a suitcase into Spain.

The incident occurred on Dec. 30. The Spanish Civil Guard arrested a 22-year-old woman in Ceuta after finding a 19-year-old migrant from Gabon curled up in her suitcase, the Daily Mail reported.

The arrest came just before 1,100 sub-Saharan African migrants tried crossing into Spain from Morocco by climbing a border fence on Jan 1. Several migrants made it to the top of the fence and had to be taken down by cranes. 

The Spanish government said only two of the migrants were allowed into Ceuta for hospital treatment, while the rest were returned to Morocco.

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The migrants reportedly used rocks and metal bars to try and break through gates to get to the border fence. They fought with authorities, injuring five officers from Spain and 50 from Morocco.

Human rights groups have criticized Spain for returning migrants immediately back to Morocco, arguing that skipping lengthier deportation procedures denies people the opportunity to claim asylum.

In November, a 4-week-old baby almost suffocated after being smuggled inside a sports bag into Spain, according to reports. The infant vomited when lifted out of the bag, which was zipped shut in humid conditions.

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A similar incident occurred in 2015, when an 8-year-old boy from Ivory Coast was found in a suitcase that belonged to a 19-year-old woman. He was found in a "terrible state" when authorities opened the suitcase.

According to the International Organization for Migration, a total of 5,000 migrants died in 2016, making it the deadliest year ever for migrants in the Mediterranean.

Sources: Daily Mail, BBC / Photo Credit: Ongayo/Wikimedia Commons, EPA via Daily Mail

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