Hide and Ship: Teen boy accidentally gets shipped to Malaysia from Bangladesh

A 15-year-old Bangladeshi teen somehow got accidentally locked in a container and shipped to Malaysia recently.

According to Malaysian National News Agency Bernama, Fahim travelled six days from Chittagong, Bangladesh to West Port, Malaysia where he was discovered, dazed and confused.

A video on Reddit showed the child walking out of the container, disoriented and confused after going for days without food or water. He was later carried away on a stretcher.

Comments on the thread were sympathetic towards the boy, some saying that he was lucky the journey did not take weeks – which is possible for a cargo ship.

Others also brought up that the container was probably not checked – lucky for the boy – so he had some ventilation and light.

Only person in container

“The boy was just believed to have entered the container, fell asleep, and found himself here,” Home Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said.

“He was the only one found in the container. A police report was lodged as he was having a fever.”

Times of India reported that Fahim was playing hide-and-seek when he hid in the container and became trapped inside.

Ismail added that Fahim received a medical exam and that “the authorities are in the process of repatriating him through the legal channel.”

Human trafficking ruled out

Officials initially feared it may have been a case of human trafficking, according to multiple reports.

“The relevant authorities have investigated the case and their investigations found no elements of human trafficking,” Ismail said, according to Bernama.


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