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Abou A Boy

by on May.09, 2015, under Crime, Family, Parenting

There are no secrets when you take a commercial flight. tsa_scannerNothing is left to the imagination. tsa02 You can see what everybody is packing. tsa01 Whether it's personal or checked baggage. baggagehandler The detail is there for everyone to see.
Suitcase, coloured X-ray.

Suitcase, coloured X-ray.

So don't pack anything you wouldn't want to be caught with in public. airport_scan01 When this is a typical example of what the airport security agent sees all day tsa-05 Then something like this is bound to stand out. tsa_xray_dog Pets are not allowed as carry-on and this one was spotted right away. But people continue to try to get away with it anyway. suitcase_kid01
An 8-year-old African boy named Abou was discovered stuffed in a small suitcase in what Spanish police called a “terrible state” after a failed attempt to rejoin his father.
He had been smuggled into Spanish territory in the north African enclave of Ceuta, north of Morocco, when he was discovered on Thursday at a land border crossing by the Spanish Guardia Civil police. suitcase_boy02
The Guardia Civil released photos on Friday of the gaunt child from the Ivory Coast, curled in a fetal position inside the luggage.
“When they put the suitcase through the scanner, the operator noticed something strange, which seemed to be a person inside the case,” a border officer told AFP news agency. suitcase_boy03
He was smuggled there in the suitcase with wheels by a 19-year-old Moroccan woman, a spokesman for the Guardia Civil told AFP.
The boy, whose eyes were apparently heavily pixellated from the ordeal, has been placed with lost luggage.
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Getting Carried Away

by on Jul.05, 2011, under Miscellaneous

As Mexican prisons go, Chetumal Prison is one of the better places to serve your sentence. It doesn't have a lot of curb appeal. Most prisons in Mexico are dumps, not even rating a single star in the Michelin Guide. But Chetumal is unique. It hasn't seen significant violence in ten years. Theres an arts and crafts program that teaches the prisoners and generates income selling to tourists. According to Warden Victor Terazzas, "when there is a disagreement, we have the inmates involved put on the gloves and get into the boxing ring, after about two rounds the dispute is over." Why would any of the 1100 inmates want to leave? For prisoners, they have it easy. The menu  includes eggs for breakfast. There are cultural activities. Inmates are also allowed to take long naps, not permitted at other institutions. And there are VIP cells, like the one above. Nonetheless, Juan Ramirez Tijerina, serving a 20-year sentence for a 2007 conviction for illegal weapons possession, tried to sneak out after a conjugal visit with his common-law wife. Staff at the prison in Chetumal noticed that 19-year-old Maria del Mar Arjona seemed nervous and was pulling a black, wheeled suitcase that looked heavy and bulky. Spokesman Gerardo Campos said Monday that prison guards checked the bag and found inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina curled up inside in the fetal position. Arjona was arrested and charges against her are pending.
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