YOU WILL BE SHOCKED! How Spanish Authorities Are Discovering African Migrants Smuggled Inside Luggage
Spanish police arrested two Moroccans in 2020 for allegedly trying to smuggle in two illegal African migrants into Spain’s North Africa territory of Cueta, by hiding them in false compartments inside a car.
According to BBC, police found one person hiding in the dashboard and another in a hollowed-out back seat.
Authorities say the two illegal migrants, a man and a woman, are believed to be from Guinea.
The two migrants were immediately administered with emergency first aid. Police say the vehicle was stopped for an inspection as it entered Ceuta from Morocco.
Its driver was a 30-year-old Moroccan man and police say the car was stolen two years ago in Barcelona.
In a similar but separate incident, authorities say they arrested a Moroccan woman on December 30th 2016 for attempting to smuggle an African immigrant inside a travel suitcase.
According to a government spokesman, the 22-year-old woman, who appeared eager to avoid security checks, was apprehended when eagle-eyed custom officials ordered her to open the suitcase.
When the woman opened her suitcase, they found a young Gabonese man hiding in the poorly ventilated space. Police said the man received immediate emergency attention.
The incidents coincided with a mass attempt by sub-Saharan Africans to storm the 6m (20ft) border fence separating Ceuta from Morocco.
Cueta, an 18.5 square-kilometer autonomous Spanish territory is located along the north coast of Africa. It lies along the boundary between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Cueta, along with the Spanish enclave of Melilla, are the two Spanish territories on the African mainland.
Cueta shares its western border with Morocco and 20-foot border fence separates the two regions. Over the years, Cueta and Melilla have been popular destinations for illegal migrants looking to get into Europe.
In December 2016, hundreds of desperate illegal African migrants caused a security breach when they attempted to scale the fence from the Moroccan end and climb into Cueta. The incident left more than 50 Moroccan and Spanish border guards injured.
None managed to get through, but people were injured scaling the fence and were taken to hospital in Ceuta. One guard lost an eye, officials said.
Most migrants are intercepted and returned to Morocco, while those who make it over the fences are eventually repatriated or released.
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THIS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART! See The Crisis Of S£x Trafficking In Nigeria
The United Nation’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has called the levels of trafficked women and girls from Nigeria to Europe a “crisis.” According to the Guardian, about 3,600 Nigerian women arrived by boat to Italy in the first six months of 2016, almost double the number who were registered in the same time period in 2015.
Although a thriving s*x trafficking industry has been operating between Nigeria and Italy for over three decades, there has been a marked increase in the numbers of unaccompanied Nigerian women arriving in Italy on migrant boats from Libya. In 2014, about 1,500 Nigerian women arrived by sea, and in 2015, the figure increased to 5,633. According to the IOM, more than 80 percent of these women will be trafficked in to prostitution in Italy and across Europe.
Many of the trafficked Nigerian women typically begin their journey to Europe by traveling first to Libya then to Italy by sea in overcrowded boats and dinghies in a journey that is infamous for costing the lives of many. In many instances, the traffickers use the facilities at migrant reception centers as temporary housing for the vulnerable women before collecting them and forcing them in to prostitution.
Simona Moscarelli, an anti-trafficking expert at the IOM, said, “There is little understanding of the dynamics and nature of this form of trafficking,” adding that “the reception centres are not good places for…women. Just last week, six girls went missing from a reception centre in Sicily; they were just picked up in a car and driven away.”
Moscarelli said further, “What we have seen this year is a crisis, it is absolutely unprecedented and is the most significant increase in the number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy for 10 years…
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