Locked Up Abroad

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"Locked Up Abroad" is a documentary television series appearing 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 Abroad for American audiences. It has been criticised for portraying its subjects as victims, even though many have openly admitted guilt to the crimes they committed.

Episodes

Peru

The story of two American women who were caught trafficking cocaine from Peru and sentenced to six years in a Peruvian prison. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/2975/Overview]

Venezuela

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]

Nepal

The story of a Briton who was caught smuggling gold from Hong Kong to 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]

Colombia

The story of Glen Heggstad who was kidnapped in 2001 by ELN rebels while riding through Colombia and held hostage for 33 days. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3445/Overview]

Mexico

The story of a British couple who were caught trafficking drugs from Costa Rica to Amsterdam during a layover in Mexico City and sentenced to 10 years in a Mexican prison. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3701/Overview]

Thailand

A young British woman, Sandra Gregory in 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]

Margarita Island

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]

ydney

A British man is caught smuggling cocaine from the USA to Sydney and spends time in an Australian prison. [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad/3703/Overview]

Korea

Cullen Thomas recalls how the lure of easy money persuaded him to smuggle two kilos of hashish from the Philippines to 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]

Uganda

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.

Philippines

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]

Bangladesh

Lia McCord got 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]

Kuwait

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]

Chechnya

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]

India

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.

Pakistan

British journalist Amardeep Bassey travels to Afghanistan on assignment, but ends up jailed in Pakistan after being accused of being a spy.

Lima

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.

Malaysia

Terrorists kidnap a couple taking a diving holiday in Sipidan, Malaysia.

Taiwan

Taiwan's most wanted criminal breaks into the home of a diplomat and his family and holds them hostage for 26 hours.

References

External links

* [http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad Official website]


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