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Boy, 12, crammed into dashboard of luxury car 

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A 12-year-old boy was rescued from near-suffocation after police found him stuffed inside the dashboard of a luxury car trying to get into Spain.

The youngster was unable to breath properly or move because of the tight space which took even customs officers by surprise.

“The people smuggling mafia will do anything for economic gain to try and smuggle people across the border from Morocco to Spain,” said a spokesman for the Spanish Civil Guard.

“In this case, the car was in very good order and new so they are now using even luxury cars to deflect attention.”

The boy, from the sub-Saharan region, was rescued from the car which was driven by a 65-year-old Morrocan man who tried to get through the Beni-Enzar border, one of the most important ones between Spain and Morocco.

Border control police only checked the car because of a small item and heard the boy when inspecting the dash-board.

“He was suffeing from numbness and disorientation, in addition to having trouble breathing and sweating,” said the spokesman.

The driver has been arrested Moroccan man for a crime against the rights of foreign citizens.

The boy was taken to a detention centre.