A 12-year-old boy wearing only dirty shorts, curled up and bound, was found hidden inside the dashboard of a car trying to cross into Spain. Cops using a special machine was able to detect the boy’s heartbeat leading to his discovery.
Officers believe the boy was from Guinea in West Africa and being smuggled into Spain by a Moroccan OAP. Police have arrested the Morroccan OAP.
An officer shared that the boy had been stuffed to fit inside the tiny space between the engine and the passenger seat of the BMW X5. The police discovered the boy at a checkpoint on the border between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. The cops were just conducting a routine inspection of the driver’s high-end vehicle and personal ID documents, when their suspicions were aroused after a heartbeat sensor detected a heartbeat.
The police then conducted an exhaustive search of the car and one officer felt the body of a person. The cops then ripped apart the cover of the compartment and they discovered the boy curled up and bound inside. The officers describe the boy as disoriented and suffering from breathing difficulties. There was also numbness in his limbs because of the position he had been forced to adopt. He was given medical assistance at the scene.
The 65-year-old Moroccan driver was arrested. He will be in custody until he appears before an investigating judge in the next 24 hours.
This was not the first time the cops discovered humans hidden in various parts of vehicles in smuggling attempts. Police in the past in both Ceuta and Melilla have discovered migrants crammed into small spaces in car engines and even hidden inside car seats.
This story is reminiscent of a shocking discovery in January of 2017, when a 19-year-old man from Gabon was found stuffed into a suitcase of a 22-year-old Moroccan woman who had attempted to smuggle him into Ceuta. Shocking photos of the attempt were even published.