My terrifying shakedown by cocaine busters: Journalist reveals his own nightmare at the hands of Peruvian drug detectives, despite carrying nothing stronger than paracetamol
“I have some sympathy for the hellish situation Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid find themselves in as they rot inside the grim Lima fortress that is the Peru narcotics squad headquarters.
For I too have experienced the nightmare of being held by Peruvian drug detectives, and the panic of being strip-searched by silent interrogators in a filthy holding room, alone and vulnerable. Though I stress I was carrying nothing stronger than paracetamol, not 11kg of cocaine such as they concealed…”
Jenny Truong‘s insight:
The scary part is the unjustness of the strip search. There was no reason to believe the guy was carrying cocaine. When you’re in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, it can be a traumatizing experience. When you realize that these drug authorities can use any ‘reason’ to do a search, and in the event they come empty handy when searching through your luggage, then going to want to search your body next.
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