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Smuggling — the covert and illegal transport of property or people — is a common event in fiction, and the many, many methods and motives for doing this make for a lot of tropes. People or things need to get snuck in somewhere (a metal file into a prison, drugs into a country). Or people or goods need to get snuck out of somewhere (a prisoner out of jail, top secret files out of a spy facility).

Some items or people are smuggled because they're illegal (hard drugs, child laborers). Some items or people aren't allowed to leave a place, so you have to smuggle them (citizens of a totalitarian state who want to defect). Some normally legal items are contraband in some places (cellphones in jail).