Human smuggling is defined as the ‘facilitation and attempted transportation of a person or persons to cross an international border illegally, in violation of one or more of the countries’ laws. Due to local wars and hardships, there has been a significant spike in the number of migrants hoping to find better lives in the US or EU. It is sad to think that people had to resort to crazy means in search of a new life; yet many human smuggling rings also make huge profit of money to smuggling people to ‘greener pastures’. Here are 10 of the craziest cases of human smuggling.
Woman Smuggles Baby in a Backpack
A woman was so desperate that she hid her two-month-old baby in a backpack to try to get past airport security because she didn’t have the proper immigration papers for her boy to leave the Philippines.
Airport staff at Ninoy Aquino International Airport were shocked to see a baby inside the bag after he was detected by the X-ray machine. The boy was safe and asleep when he was discovered by security.
Man Hides Under Passenger Seat to Cross USA Illegally
Enrique Canchola of Mexico tried to illegally cross the US by sewing himself into the passenger seat of a car. The 42-year-old Mexican was discovered at San Ysidro border crossing in California.
Woman Tries to Smuggle Boyfriend From Prison
Maria del Mar Rivero, 19, attempted to smuggle her boyfriend Juan Ramirez Tijerina out of prison where he is serving 20 years for illegal possession of weapons. She tried to leave the building with the suitcase after a conjugal visit. Rivero was arrested for the attempted smuggling.
Egyptian Couple Hides A Baby In Their Suitcase
A married couple from Egypt stuffed their baby in their carry-on luggage and tried to sneak him illegally into UAE, but were caught when they put the bag through the X-ray.
The family arrived at Sharjah International Airport and were told they can’t enter the country because the baby didn’t have the required visa. The customs officials told them to wait a day to sort out things.
Instead, the couple thought of zipping the boy inside the bag and sneak him past airport security. The two were subsequently arrested.
18 Frozen Human Heads Arrive At Chicago Airport
Sounds like a thriller — but this really happened: 18 frozen human heads were discovered by customs during a routine X-ray screening of cargo at Chicago’s airport.
The heads were actually used as medical research coming from Italy and shipped back to the US for cremation. They weren’t smuggled, but were held up because of technical paperwork problem.
8-Year-Old Boy Hidden In Suitcase
In 2015, an 8-year-old boy was discovered by customs hiding inside the luggage via the airport scanner. The young boy was tucked in the trolley by a 19-year-old woman as they tried to get into Spain.
Police started getting suspicious when they noticed she was overly nervous. Believing she was smuggling drugs, they scanned her luggage and found out something more startling: a young boy came out of the suitcase and said in French: ‘Hello, I am Abou.’. The police arrested the father who was trying to get through the same checkpoint an hour later.
Man Found in Car Bumper
A man was founder under a car’s bumper in attempt to sneak him to Europe. The car was stopped as police used a new heartbeat censor technology on the vehicle, a Renault Clio.
The two Moroccans who facilitated the smuggling were arrested. The hidden man, originally from Guinea was immediately brought to the hospital due to breathing problems and numbing in several parts of his body.
Frenchman Attempts To Hide His Russian Wife In A Suitcase
A man in his 60s tried to smuggle his Russian wife by hiding her in a suitcase. The Frenchman was stopped by Poland border guards at a train station in Terespol, after the massive size of the luggage drew suspicion.
Little did they know that the wife would’ve had no problem entering Schengen without doing such an extreme act. Spouses are allowed to enter if they prove their marital ties so they could stay together.
12 People Attempt To Get To US Using Cloned Car
A human trafficker attempted to smuggle 12 illegal immigrants into US, using a ‘clone car’, particularly a cloned border patrol Tahoe car.
‘Cloned cars’ are like identity theft for vehicles. These cars pretend to be school buses, patrol cars, police vehicles, 10-wheelers, or any type of vehicle, normally with a cloned registration plate which allows criminals to carry out crimes such as smuggling or organized crime.
Man Found Hiding Inside A Suitcase After Dog Detects Him
Two men were arrested in a Peru airport after being caught smuggling a human. A man with an average sized suitcase was stopped by guards after the guard dog displaying keen interest. The man was asked to open it, but seemed reluctant. When officials finally had him unzip the suitcase, it revealed another man hiding inside.