Locked Up Abroad
show_name = Locked Up Abroad
format = Documentary film
runtime = 1 hour
starring = None
country = USA
language = English
last_aired = present
website = http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad
"Locked Up Abroad" is a
documentary television seriesappearing on the National Geographic Channel. The series chronicles the true stories of people who have found themselves behind bars miles from home. It is a repackaging of the British TV show Banged Up Abroadfor American audiences. It has been criticised for portraying its subjects as victims, even though many have openly admitted guilt to the crimes they committed.
The story of two American women who were caught trafficking
cocainefrom Peruand sentenced to six years in a Peruvian prison. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/2975/Overview]
Two men recall the four-and-a-half years they spent in a violent Venezuelan prison after they got caught up in an international drug-smuggling ring. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/2974/Overview]
The story of a Briton who was caught smuggling gold from
Hong Kongto Nepal. He was sentenced to four years in jail, but was pardoned eventually and released early. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/2976/Overview]
The story of
Glen Heggstadwho was kidnapped in 2001 by ELN rebels while riding through Colombiaand held hostage for 33 days. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3445/Overview]
The story of a British couple who were caught trafficking drugs from
Costa Ricato Amsterdamduring a layoverin Mexico Cityand sentenced to 10 years in a Mexican prison. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3701/Overview]
A young British woman,
Sandra Gregoryin an attempt to raise money for a flight home from Thailand, agrees to smuggle heroin to Tokyo. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3702/Overview]
Two British men are sentenced to prison after attempting to smuggle cocaine on a small sailing boat to Europe. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3704/Overview]
A British man is caught smuggling cocaine from the USA to
Sydneyand spends time in an Australian prison. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3703/Overview]
Cullen Thomas recalls how the lure of easy money persuaded him to smuggle two kilos of hashish from the
Philippinesto South Korea. He was arrested in Seoul and sentenced to three and a half years in a Korean prison. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3803/Overview]
American safari guide Mark Ross recalls being kidnapped by Rwandan Interahamwe rebels during a raid in Uganda's Bwindi Forest that left eight tourists dead in March 1999.
Americans Martin and Gracia Burnham and 18 other hostages are captured by the Islamic extremist group Abu Sayyaf. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3806/Overview]
Lia McCordgot an offer to go to Bangladesh, pick up some packages and return home to Texas with $20,000. However, the packages were heroin and she narrowly escaped the death penalty, but was sentenced to life. After 4 1/2 years in prison Governor Bill Richardson(then a congressmen) learned that Lia was a model prisoner and appealed directly to the president of Bangladesh for her release. On July 28th 1996 Lia received a presidential pardon. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3804/Overview#tab-lias-story]
Nineteen-year-old Scott White was offered a chance at easy money selling drugs but was arrested during his first deal and sentenced to five years in prison. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3808/Overview]
Jon James and girlfriend Camilla Carr left England to set up a children's center in war-torn
Chechnya. They were brutally kidnapped by Chechen rebels and spent 14 months in captivity. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3800/Overview]
While traveling to India, Rhys Partridge is one of four people kidnapped by a terrorist,
Omar Saeed Sheikh, who had been involved in the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl.
British journalist Amardeep Bassey travels to Afghanistan on assignment, but ends up jailed in Pakistan after being accused of being a spy.
An American is caught at a Lima Airport attempting to smuggle six kilograms of cocaine from Peru to Florida, and is sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Terrorists kidnap a couple taking a diving holiday in Sipidan, Malaysia.
Taiwan's most wanted criminal breaks into the home of a diplomat and his family and holds them hostage for 26 hours.
* [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad Official website]
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