Polish border guards detained a French citizen for smuggling his Russian wife into European Union. The man was reportedly trying to sneak his wife in to Poland by hiding her in a massive suitcase.
The authorities at the Terespol railway station, northeastern Belarus, stopped the 60-year-old for carrying large baggage. However, upon inspection, they discovered something they probably hadn’t even thought about.
"To their surprise, a woman in her 30s emerged. It was the Russian wife of the owner of the suitcase," said border guard spokesperson Dariusz Sienicki. "She was alive and well and didn't require medical attention."
The couple was taking the train from Moscow to the French city of Nice and weren't aware that non-EU citizen spouses are allowed to enter the passport-free Schengen travel zone if they can prove their marital ties.
Perhaps if they would have known, the poor woman would have accompanied her husband on the train instead of resorting to such unconventional methods.
"Had she been sitting next to her husband, she would have made it through without incident," Sienicki added. "This was the first time I've seen someone travel like this. She very well could have been a victim of human trafficking."
However, the authorities released the couple after some questioning and they returned to Belarus.