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MELILLA, SPAIN – APRIL 21, 2010 : A Woman carrying goods up to 80 kg. in weight of smuggling through the border of El Barrio Chino between Spain and Morocco on April 21 , 2010 in Melilla. Spain. Every day at the pedestrian border of El Barrio Chino hundreds of people are involved in transporting smuggled goods from Melilla a Spanish enclave on the North African coast to Morocco.For each package introduced in Morocco receive between 3 an 5 euros depending on size,with a little luck achieved make three trips a day.It is estimated that from Monday to Thursday on foot enter Melilla 8.000 porters, mostly women, to return to Morocco with huge sacks of goods from the warehouse border area of Beni Enzar in Melilla .( Photo by Jordi Cami -UPIFC- )

SLAVES TO SMUGGLING

The pedestrian border crossings at Biutz and Barrio Chino in Spain’s North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla daily see thousands of Moroccans endlessly queuing to enter these cities and take part in broad daylight in an institutionalised form of smuggling, with the tacit approval of the Moroccan and Spanish governments.

The reason for this illegal trade lies in the difference in the prices of goods imported through the free ports of Ceuta and Melilla. This lucrative business does not lead to any kind of development, quite the opposite in fact, as the jobs it creates are precarious, and tantamount to slavery; it is unstable and dangerous, while at the same fuelling a black-market economy, and worse still, it fosters and institutionalises widespread corruption.

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  • JORDI CAMÍ is member of the Sindicat de la Imatge UPIFC from 17·06·1994  with PRESS card number 019.
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MELILLA, SPAIN – APRIL 19, 2010 : Porters waiting with contraband goods at the border of El Barrio Chino to pass to Morocco on April 19 , 2010 in Melilla. Spain. Every day at the pedestrian border of El Barrio Chino hundreds of people are involved in transporting smuggled goods from Melilla a Spanish enclave on the North African coast to Morocco.For each package introduced in morocco receive between 3 an 5 euros depending on size,with a little luck achieved make three trips a day.It is estimated that from Monday to Thursday on foot enter Melilla 8.000 porters, mostly women, to return to Morocco with huge sacks of goods from the warehouse border area of Beni Enzar in Melilla . ( Photo by Jordi Cami -UPIFC- )

MELILLA, SPAIN – APRIL 20, 2010 : People carrying contraband goods up to 80 kg. in weight queuing waiting their turn to cross the border of El Barrio Chino between Spain and Morocco on April 20 , 2010 in Melilla. Spain. Every day at the pedestrian border of El Barrio Chino hundreds of people are involved in transporting smuggled goods from Melilla a Spanish enclave on the North African coast to Morocco.For each package introduced in Morocco receive between 3 an 5 euros depending on size,with a little luck achieved make three trips a day.It is estimated that from Monday to Thursday on foot enter Melilla 8.000 porters, mostly women, to return to Morocco with huge sacks of goods from the warehouse border area of Beni Enzar in Melilla .( Photo by Jordi Cami -UPIFC- )

MELILLA, SPAIN – APRIL 20, 2010 : The Guardia Civil commands and controls access of the porters carrying contraband goods to pass to Morocco in the border of El Barrio Chino on April 20 , 2010 in Melilla. Spain. Every day at the pedestrian border of El Barrio Chino hundreds of people are involved in transporting smuggled goods from Melilla a Spanish enclave on the North African coast to Morocco.For each package introduced in morocco receive between 3 an 5 euros depending on size,with a little luck achieved make three trips a day.It is estimated that from Monday to Thursday on foot enter Melilla 8.000 porters, mostly women, to return to Morocco with huge sacks of goods from the warehouse border area of Beni Enzar in Melilla . ( Photo by Jordi Cami -UPIFC- )

MELILLA, SPAIN – APRIL 19, 2010 : Women carrying contraband goods up to 80 kg. in weight to pass through Morocco in the border of El Barrio Chino on April 19 , 2010 in Melilla. Spain. Every day at the pedestrian border of El Barrio Chino hundreds of people are involved in transporting smuggled goods from Melilla a Spanish enclave on the North African coast to Morocco.For each package introduced in morocco receive between 3 an 5 euros depending on size,with a little luck achieved make three trips a day.It is estimated that from Monday to Thursday on foot enter Melilla 8.000 porters, mostly women, to return to Morocco with huge sacks of goods from the warehouse border area of Beni Enzar in Melilla . ( Photo by Jordi Cami -UPIFC-)

MELILLA, SPAIN – APRIL 20, 2010 : Woman carrying goods up to 80 kg. in weight of smuggling through the border of El Barrio Chino between Spain and Morocco on April 20 , 2010 in Melilla. Spain. Every day at the pedestrian border of El Barrio Chino hundreds of people are involved in transporting smuggled goods from Melilla a Spanish enclave on the North African coast to Morocco.For each package introduced in Morocco receive between 3 an 5 euros depending on size,with a little luck achieved make three trips a day.It is estimated that from Monday to Thursday on foot enter Melilla 8.000 porters, mostly women, to return to Morocco with huge sacks of goods from the warehouse border area of Beni Enzar in Melilla .( Photo by Jordi Cami -UPIFC-)

MELILLA, SPAIN – APRIL 20, 2010 : A woman porter carrying contraband goods up to 80 kg.or more in weight passing through ” the cage ” at the border of El Barrio Chino on April 20 , 2010 in Melilla. Spain. Every day at the pedestrian border of El Barrio Chino hundreds of people are involved in transporting smuggled goods from Melilla a Spanish enclave on the North African coast to Morocco.For each package introduced in morocco receive between 3 an 5 euros depending on size,with a little luck achieved make three trips a day.It is estimated that from Monday to Thursday on foot enter Melilla 8.000 porters, mostly women, to return to Morocco with huge sacks of goods from the warehouse border area of Beni Enzar in Melilla . ( Photo by Jordi Cami -UPIFC- )

MELILLA, SPAIN – APRIL 20, 2010 : A woman porter carrying contraband goods up to 80 kg.or more in weight passing through ” the cage ” at the border of El Barrio Chino on April 20 , 2010 in Melilla. Spain. Every day at the pedestrian border of El Barrio Chino hundreds of people are involved in transporting smuggled goods from Melilla a Spanish enclave on the North African coast to Morocco.For each package introduced in morocco receive between 3 an 5 euros depending on size,with a little luck achieved make three trips a day.It is estimated that from Monday to Thursday on foot enter Melilla 8.000 porters, mostly women, to return to Morocco with huge sacks of goods from the warehouse border area of Beni Enzar in Melilla .( Photo by Jordi Cami -UPIFC-)