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French man allegedly hid Russian wife in suitcase at Polish border crossing

The Frenchman told guards at the Terespol border crossing he had his Russian wife hide in a suitcase because he thought she wouldn't be allowed into Poland.

By Ben Hooper
The luggage found to contain a Russian woman in her 30s. Photo courtesy Polish Border Guard
1 of 2 | The luggage found to contain a Russian woman in her 30s. Photo courtesy Polish Border Guard

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TERESPOL, Poland, March 16 (UPI) -- A Frenchman was detained by Polish border guards after a search of his suitcase revealed shocking contents -- his Russian bride.

Polish Border Guard officers at the Terespol border crossing from Belarus said they searched the luggage of a French train passenger in his 60s and discovered his large suitcase was concealing his Russian wife, who is in her 30s.

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The guards said the couple told them the woman was hiding in the suitcase because they feared she would not be allowed to cross the border from Belarus to Poland due to her lack of European Union citizenship.

Dariusz Sienicki, spokesman for Polish Border Guard, said the woman "was in good shape and wasn't in need of any medical attention."

Sienicki said the man was unaware that his wife would have been allowed to cross the border because he possessed the proper documentation showing their marital ties.

"If she had traveled sitting next to her husband, she would have gone through smoothly," Sienicki said.

The man and woman were detained on a charge of attempting to evade border control. They could each face up to three years in prison if convicted.

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"This was the first time I've seen someone travel like this. She very well could have been a victim of human trafficking," Sienicki said.

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