A teenage boy ended up thousands of miles from home after playing hide and seek with his friends.
The 15-year-old boy in question was playing with his friends in Chittagong, Bangladesh, when he came upon the idea to hide in a shipping container.
While waiting for his friends to find him, however, the boy fell asleep only to find himself trapped in the container that was shipped across the ocean in the meantime.
Six days later, the container reached its destination in Malaysia and the boy was rescued.
The authorities have since established that the boy entered the container on purpose while playing hide and seek and that this wasn’t a case of human trafficking.
It was also concluded that the boy had no intention of entering Malaysia or leaving his hometown for that matter.
As the police confirmed, the 15-year-old was found in poor shape and was severely malnourished and dehydrated.
He has since been taken to a hospital for treatment and is currently in stable condition.
“There was no foul play in the incident,” Police Cha Hoong Fong Assistant Commissioner confirmed.
Saifuddin Nasution bin Ismail, the Minister of Home Affairs, added: “When the vessel arrived at West Port and the container was unloaded, authorities found the boy inside.
“He is the only one found inside the container. A police report has been lodged and the boy, who has a fever, was taken for a medical examination. We are now in the process of repatriating him.”
The minister went on to reassure the public that they “are not linking this to human trafficking because the initial investigation found that he entered the container, fell asleep, and [was brought to] Malaysia.”
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