Police found an 8-year-old Ivorian boy hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into Spanish territory in northern Africa, an official said on Friday.
A 19-year-old woman took the case through a pedestrian crossing from Morocco into the small Spanish-governed territory of Ceuta on thursday, a spokesman for the Civil Guard police force said.
"When they put the suitcase through the scanner, the operator noticed something
strange, which seemed to be a person inside the case," he told reporters "When it was opened they found a minor, in a terrible state."
The boy said he was 8 years old and from Ivory Coast, according to the spokesman. The Civil Guard arrested the woman, who was due to go before a judge.
They also arrested the boy's father when he tried to cross the border a few hours later. The father is Ivorian and lives in Spain's Canary Islands. Thousands of migrants each year risk their lives trying to enter Ceuta and another Spanish territory bordering Morocco, Melilla, in search of a better life in Europe.
Many Africans try to scramble over the seven-meter (23-foot) fences that separate the Spanish territories from Morocco.