Illegal immigrants from India and Pakistan are being smuggled from mainland China to Hong Kong inside suitcases, the South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday.

Curled up in large suitcases, they are wheeled across the Lowu border point between Hong Kong and mainland China by smugglers who are paid HK$500 (US$64) for each trip.

These Indian and Pakistani nationals arrive in mainland China on tourist visas and pay between US$250 and US$300 to be smuggled to Hong Kong, usually during peak hours when customs officers are less likely to examine luggage, the newspaper said.