Banged Up Abroad
Not Without My Baby+
All Susan Haglof ever wanted was to be a mother. By her forties, she thought she'd lost her chance, but then after moving to Egypt, she gets the opportunity to adopt Marko, shortly after his birth. It was love at first sight, but as soon as she had him in her arms, it became clear something wasn't quite right with the adoption. Marko didn't come with any papers; there was no proof that Susan was his adoptive mother. So she made the decision to get a birth certificate with her, and her husband's name on it. What started as a small lie soon spun out of control, and less than a year into motherhood Susan was facing the possibility of being thrown...
My Dad The Smuggler+
Scott Campbell can't wait to go traveling in China with his estranged father Lockie, and then he finds out his dad is secretly planning to smuggle 20 kilos of cannabis. When they're arrested, dad Lockie is jailed but Scott is released with a bag containing some of the undiscovered cannabis. Incredibly, Scott risks all by continuing the smuggling mission to Tokyo in order to raise money to pay for his father's lawyer.
I Am Not A Terrorist+
Jobless Duane Wollum needs money to maintain his party life style and support his daughter. The lure of easy cash leads him to smuggle cocaine from Nicaragua into the US. At the airport, a routine security check reveals he is concealing a package on his body. Suddenly people around him are diving for cover. Duane is surrounded and looking down the barrel of several rifles.
Hasidic King of Coke+
Samuel Leibowitz comes from a strict, Hasidic orthodox Jewish community in London. Forced into an arranged marriage which very quickly fails, Sam decides to start afresh in Antwerp, Belgium, and goes to work in the local Hasidic community as a greengrocer. A new friend offers Sam a free holiday in Brazil and on his return, he is asked to take a package back for his friend. It turns out to be cocaine. Sam has never heard of it, but is intrigued when he learns how much profit there is in drug dealing. He decides to get involved and his traditional clothing and hairstyle make him almost invisible to customs officers who assume he is strictly religious....
Chilean Prison Break+
Californian Tom Hanway takes the hippie trail to South America where cocaine is cheap and available. He plans to take 500 hits of LSD with him and trade it for a kilo of coke which hell bring back to the States. But while doing the deal in Chile, Tom is caught and sentenced to five years and a day in prison. Tom decides that the only way he will survive is to escape with the help of a fellow prisoner, Chosco. But once they make it out of the jail Tom and Chosco are fugitives and are forced to flee the country on foota fatal journey through the desert which leaves Tom alone and on the run with the police drawing ever closer.
The Orchid Hunters+
Tom Hart Dyke is travelling through Central America in search of wild orchids. Paul Winder is in search of adventure. Together they attempt to cross from Panama to Colombia via the notoriously dangerous Darien Gap but are captured and held hostage by a revolutionary guerrilla group. With a $3 million dollar ransom placed on their heads they realize that their only chance of survival is to escape but any plans to make a dash for it are shattered when Tom discovers maggots have infested his leg. After a makeshift operation where the maggots are removed with a razor blade they are forced marched deep into the jungle. Angry at the lack of progress...
In a desperate attempt to keep his life and family afloat, Paul Keany's agrees to smuggle six kilos of cocaine from Venezuela.
Nightmare In Somalia+
In July 2008, Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan travels with Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout to report on the war in Somalia. Little did he know that the price of telling the story would be more than a year in captivity. On their way to record conditions in a refugee camp, Nigel and Amanda are kidnapped by a criminal gang. The ransom is set at $3 million; if it's not paid, they will be killed. While their families attempt to secure the money, Nigel and Amanda form a plan to escape after 5 months of captivity, eventually jerking themselves to freedom through a small bathroom window. After hitting the ground running, a Somalian child screams,...
Busted In Bangkok+
A Chicago woman, dumped by her lover, smuggles heroin from Thailand to fund a new life. When caught at Bangkok airport shes sentenced to life at a notorious Bangkok prison. Unable to endure the prospect of a lifetime behind bars she attempts suicide but fails. While in recovery she finds salvation. Ordered to nurse a fellow inmate with a heroin addiction, Angela Carnegie has an epiphany. It allows her to face the future with a new resolve and win back the love of her life.
Escape From The Gulag+
In 1976 Jerry Amster is having the time of his life traveling around Amsterdam. But when funds run low, he and two American friends, agree to smuggle heroin from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam. However, things don't go to plan. Jerry and his accomplices are busted when their plane stops in Moscow; they're sentenced to a lengthy spell in a Russian labor camp. After nearly four years in prison, when Jerry's at his lowest ebb, he finds himself in the midst of an unbelievable turn of events.
Cocaine Mule Mom+
American mother Ruthie Lambert turns to drug trafficking to help make ends meet. She makes numerous successful trips smuggling cocaine out of Peru, until she is finally caught and locked up in a tough South American prison. Here Ruthie tragically discovers she has incurable cancer, and flees the country in a desperate attempt to see her family before she dies.
Escape From Argentina+
Student nurse Lucy Wright had a wonderful boyfriend and a promising career before she succumbed to a crack cocaine addiction. In a desperate attempt to clear her debts and get her life back on course, she agrees to smuggle two suitcases of cocaine out of Argentina. She's caught red handed at a Buenos Aires airport and told she's facing 16 to 25 years in jail. She's granted bail but when the police come to take her into custody she goes on the run. Making a daring escape that involves hopping buses, hitchhiking and swimming an international border, she manages to make her way back home to England where she turns herself in.
British gay nurse Stephen Comiskey has had a difficult year. He's come out about his sexuality and left his wife and children. Needing to support his ex-wife and kids and get himself out of the red, he takes a well-paid nursing job in Saudi Arabia. When he discovers that homosexuality is punishable by death, he decides to be celibate. However, his resolve weakens when he sees that there is a thriving gay scene there. He embarks on a series of affairs and thinks he can get away with it until one night he is beaten up by the religious police and thrown into jail.
The Juggler Smuggler+
Party loving magician Mark Greening doesn't have a care in the world but when a holiday romance results in a pregnancy, he's forced to leave his beach bum lifestyle in Bali and take responsibility for his actions in Tokyo. With little work to be found he decides to become an independent mule, running hash from Nepal to Japan. But after a couple of easy runs his luck turns sour, leaving him with a five year sentence in one of the world's strictest prisons.
Son of Saddam+
Iraqi soldier Latif Yahia is fighting in the Iran-Iraq War when he is summoned to the Palace. Here, Latif claims Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday demanded Latif become his body double. Latif is almost an exact physical match for Uday, virtually his twin. He doesn't want the role, but Uday has him thrown in prison until Latif accepts he has no choice but to do as he is commanded. He severs all ties with family, friends and his previous identity, and is trained to walk, talk, and behave exactly like his new master. While the position has its perks, Latif has to witness Uday's evil behavior-rape, murder, torture-on a continual basis. Although Latif...
From Hollywood To Hell+
Actor Erik Aude is on top of the world with a promising career in Hollywood until his friend persuades him to go to Pakistan to pick up some leather goods. When he's arrested at the airport Erik discovers he has unknowingly been used by his friend to smuggle opium. Facing torture and beatings Erik has to fight to save his life and clear his name.
Highway To Hell+
Looking for adventure, Thomas Hamill takes a job as a civilian truck driver for the U.S. military in war-torn Iraq. When his convoy is attacked and he is taken hostage by insurgents, Thomas knows he could be killed at any moment. Will he find a way to survive captivity and make it home alive?
Black Palace of Horrors+
Dwight Worker tries to smuggle Peruvian cocaine to America, concealed under a phoney shoulder cast. But when hes busted in Mexico City and sent to the notorious Black Palace prison, his life becomes a living hell. After fighting off a gang of rapists, a near fatal stabbing in the stomach and a stint in the psychiatric ward, he vows to get out or die trying. Falling in love with a visitor gives him the opportunity hes been waiting for, and on his wedding day, he makes an audacious attempt to escape while dressed as a woman…
Erez Eltawil and Reini Weigel are among eight backpackers who are snatched by guerrillas during a trek in remote northern Colombia. As weeks turn to months with no sign of release, the hostages become increasingly desperate and the group splits into two - each faction adopting a different survival strategy: cooperation with the kidnappers versus outright resistance. Both groups push their tactics to the limit: A defiant escape attempt is met with brutal retribution and the plan to cooperate leads to a controversial blurring of the distinction between victim and kidnapper.
Jayne Blaydon thought she had landed a dream job when she accepted an offer to teach lap dancing in a Caribbean nightclub. But soon after arriving in Guyana, she and her husband David were forced at gunpoint to smuggle multiple kilos of liquid cocaine back to England. They successfully get through two customs points before being arrested in Guadeloupe. Locked up in prison, David suffers physical attacks and is crippled before he and Jayne are finally released after almost two years.
The Real Goodfella+
Henry Hill, the inspiration for classic movie Goodfellas, tells the true story of his rise and fall in the New York mob. After becoming a gangster in his teens, Henry had it all: money, cars, women and respect. But when he was busted dealing dope against the orders of his boss, he turned from an invincible wiseguy into a mafia snitch with a price on his head. Going even further than the film, he reveals how another drugs bust whilst in the Witness Protection Programme almost cost him his life. As Henry says himself "20 years ago Martin Scorsese made a movie about my life... but there's a lot of stuff he left out!"
Saudi Whisky Run+
Scottish chef Gordon Malloch arrives in Saudi Arabia to start a new life as a catering manager but quickly finds himself a profitable sideline as a bootlegger. His homemade hooch makes him the toast of the ex-pat party scene - and when some fellow Europeans offer him a role in a whiskey smuggling operation he jumps at it. Demand for premium quality whiskey in the strictly teetotal Saudi Arabian kingdom brings Gordon to the attention of the ruling elite and Gordon is soon supplying a local prince and various members of his extended family. After a near fatal car crash in the desert Gordon decides to quit while he is ahead, and he plans one last...
Prisoner of Love+
British man David Scott couldn't have been happier when he met Cynthia, a pretty Filipino woman, on the internet. After a holiday together in the Philippines he's delighted when she becomes pregnant but their joy turns to despair when Cynthia's estranged husband starts making trouble. Under the Philippines' adultery laws he has them thrown in jail and the couple face up to 14 years in prison. Worse still, they discover under that their baby legally belongs to her ex-husband and it's up to him what he wants to do with her. With time and money running out they decide to go on the run and escape to Thailand. It's a risky plan. Cynthia is jumping...
Mexico Money Machine+
When Jeremy Khinoo loses his girlfriend and daughter, he escapes into a world where the size of your muscles means everything and steroids are a way to get there. With a group of guys from the gym, he goes to Mexico to buy illegal prescription drugs - and he pays for them with money he's made himself. The first two times, he gets away with it. But on his third trip, he gets caught spending his fake cash in a roadside store: a car chase ends with a police roadblock, and the drugs and counterfeit cash land him in jail. He's soon addicted to heroin, and before he's released, gets stabbed by another drug addict. Jeremy doesn't just lose his liberty-he...
Brigene Young, a 20 year old barmaid from Johannesburg, is offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the paradise island of Mauritius. All she has to do is wear a special pair of high heels on the trip over there. But when she gets busted at customs with a kilo of heroin, she faces a possible 45-year jail sentence - unless she agrees to take part in a dangerous sting operation to catch the drug traffickers.
Daredevil Drug Runner+
Chris Chance and his wife Susan have their dream life in Spain running their own martial arts school-until their landlord doubles their rent. Desperate to stay afloat, Chris makes a decision that will change his life. He begins smuggling cannabis resin to England, concealing it in a rubber body suit. After his first few runs Chris becomes a full-fledged cannabis smuggler, addicted to the thrill. It's the start of a series of daredevil adventures on the roads, in the air and across the ocean that will eventually land him in prison.
The Cocaine Trap+
After months of hopeless job searching, Stephen Sutton believed his luck had changed when a businessman offered him $15,000 to transport "gold" from Argentina to Australia. But when the "gold" turns out to be cocaine, Stephen finds himself battling both tuberculosis and hostile inmates as he begins serving an 11-year prison sentence in Argentina.
Drug Dealer Revenge+
Loving father Robert Pringle is a successful Cape Town company director struggling to cope with a sudden corporate expansion. Exhausted, he begins using cocaine, and when his ex-wife leaves with his son to begin a new life in the Middle East, he spirals into addiction. After losing everything, Pringle goes to rehab, and emerges clean, but penniless and is introduced to a drug smuggler, who persuades him to bring a package of cocaine back from South America for $6,000. Pringle goes to Peru and is duly given a package to put in his suitcase. But he panics, and en route to Lima airport, dumps the drugs by the roadside. When he returns to South Africa...
Teenage Drug Smuggler+
18 year old Vivian Carrasquillo from Brooklyn, New York is overweight and desperately wants money for gastric bypass surgery. It seems her prayers are answered when she is offered $20,000 to be a drug mule. The task appears easy when she's assured the Colombian customs officials have been bribed. But things are not as they seem and instead she ends up on a crash diet in a terrifying tropical jail.
Backstabbed In Thailand+
Faced with an impending manslaughter trial, military veteran Kim Hood needs a break from life. When her girlfriend's cousin, Lisa Taylor, invites her to Thailand on a business trip to procure nail products for her new business, Kim jumps at the opportunity. But in Thailand Kim's suspicions are aroused when Lisa starts to become highly strung during telephone dealings with her nail product supplier. Hours before their return flight home, the true nature of Lisa's trip is finally exposed when the products delivered are not nail supplies but heroin. Kim decides she has no choice but to smuggle heroin in order to make it home in time for her manslaughter...
At age 28, Tim Schrader left Australia to work as an English teacher in Bangkok. He loved the teaching and the nightlife but was struggling financially, so he agreed to participate in a scam. For $1,000 a trip, Tim arranged fake marriages with Thai girls and flew with them to other countries. After a few successful trips, Tim was offered a chance to make $10,000 by smuggling 4-8 kilos of heroin into the U.S. Although he knew he could face the death penalty if caught in Thailand, the money was too tempting to pass up. But at the airport, Tim was stopped at the check-in counter. In a back room, drug authorities found 10.5 kilos of heroin in his...
During the Persian Gulf War of 1990, Tom Lynch and John White made a daring escape attempt from the oil field where they were working, to avoid becoming human shields. However once in the middle of an inhospitable desert a betrayal between the two men occurred and they were captured by the Mukhabarat, Saddams infamous and terrifying secret police force, and plunged into a brutal world of torture and execution.
Michael Morey was a music-loving hippie who fell in love with a woman he met in Trinidad. But when he learned he and his girlfriend were expecting a baby, Michael agreed to smuggle cocaine from Ecuador to Europe. When he got to Quito, he was told he'd need to cut his dreadlocks. For Michael, cutting his dreads was like selling his soul, but he didn't think there was another choice. On the day of his departure, he was duct taped with almost 4 kilos of cocaine. In the airport, Michael was almost caught twice: once by a chewing gum wrapper setting off a metal detector, and later by a guard with a German Shepherd. After arriving in Madrid, he nearly...
Jackie Nichols was living the dream, in love with her boyfriend until one day he suddenly died in a car accident. Trying to move on, she decided to go to Japan. She felt alone in Tokyo until she met Yoram, a charming drug mule, who invited her to smuggle hashish with him. She had fallen in love with traveling and needed money to pay for it, so she agreed. On the first trip, she swallowed hundreds of wrapped hashish pellets, but some residual hashish oil was released into her bloodstream. Feeling high while going through security, she very nearly got caught. But the money and the buzz she felt when she got away with it made her come back for more....
The Real Midnight Express+
The 1978 film "Midnight Express" told the story of 23-year-old college student Billy Hayes his life, imprisonment due to drug smuggling and escape from a prison in Istanbul, Turkey. But because of legal reasons, neither the film nor the book, authored by Hayes, were completely accurate. Now, Billy tells the real story of being sent to the infamous Turkish Saðmalcýlar prison. After spending five years there, he was sent to Imrali, an island prison off the coast of Turkey. His journey to freedom from Imrali began after stealing a fisherman's dinghy and heaving a skiff seventeen miles through the rolling waves to the mainland. However, once he...
Young American backpacker Mark Wedeven wanted the ultimate adventure: crossing from Panama to Colombia overland through the notorious Darién Gap: a hundred miles of dense jungle. But he got more than he bargained for when he and his companions were ambushed by murderous paramilitaries.
April 2006: Atlanta musician David Evans loves his girfriend Julie Goldstein but they're always broke. In a rash attempt to prove he could make some cash, he agrees to act as a drug mule. He deceives Julie by telling her he is going to Europe when actually he flies to Caracas Venezuela. There he picks up 7 pounds (3.2 kilos) of cocaine carried in cans of hairspray. Despite believing that 'everyone is paid off' at Caracas airport, he is caught and arrested. Julie meanwhile has gone to meet him in Amsterdam. She has no idea why he is not there to meet her - until he calls. Over the ensuing months he sinks deeper into the hell of the Venezuelan penal...
Greg Williams travelled to the Philippines in 1996 in the hope of turning his life around as a church volunteer. But within days of arriving, he was kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf - a brutal Islamic terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda. Greg realized his only chance of survival was to escape.
Mexico Or Bust+
In 1977 Jake Stanford was fresh out of high school and headed off to Mexico in search of adventure and excitement. He got both - but not in quite the way he anticipated. Funding his stay by selling Marijuana to tourists, he unwisely attempted a deal too far when he agreed to supply another American with two kilos of the drug. A resulting drugs bust would see him witness two policemen shot point blank as well as being gunshot himself. After three days holed up in a friend's house he made a doomed escape attempt disguised as a woman before falling into the clutches of the town's menacing chief of police, who soon made it clear he would only save...
Sao Paulo Death Trap+
In 1993 Brendan Cosso was partying and mixing with celebrities in Hollywood. He didn't need the money. But when the offer came to smuggle cocaine out of Brazil for $50,000, he took it. He was arrested with three friends at Sao Paulo airport. Thanks to the efforts of his father in securing a top criminal lawyer, Brendan received a sentence of four years rather than the 25 demanded by the prosecution. But he was sent to Carandiru prison, the most violent prison in South America, where a year previously 111 prisoners had been massacred.
Busted In Bali+
In 1985 Australian businessman Chris Parnell was arrested and accused of smuggling twelve kilos of hashish in Bali , Indonesia. To avoid going to court and a possible death sentence, he feigned madness, and was locked up in a mental hospital. An early escape attempt ended in disaster when he crashed through a roof into a secure lunatic asylum. After this he stood trail and was sentenced to life in prison. Determined to prove his innocence, he made a further daring escape attempt disguised as a woman, but was recaptured. He spent the next eleven years in a spiraling prison nightmare which in culminated in him being declared dead in a prison mortuary....
El Paso, 1989: Alex Silva is a bored and disaffected teenager, whose life is going nowhere fast. Worried he'll end up on the streets, Alex's uncle gets him a job in a tire shop. But instead of keeping his head down, Alex is distracted by some wealthy Mexican customers. Chasing the scent of money, he discovers that they are drug smugglers, who bring marijuana into the US from Mexico. Alex begs to be let in on the action and finds himself driving marijuana-laden cars across the border from Juarez into El Paso. Thinking this is easy money, he asks for a bigger job. For the next task, Alex, who has never been south of Juarez, will have to drive deep...
Hooked In Havana+
When Kahlilah Saleem meets big-shot music producer Roy her life is completely transformed. She moves from Philadelphia to Miami with her six-year-old daughter. But when Roy offers Kahlilah the chance to travel to Panama to see the Carinval, her hopes are turned upside-down. Roy abandons Kahlilah in Panama with a bag stuffed with 8 kilogrammes of pure cocaine. He returns to the US and he holds her daughter hostage to force Kahlilah to smuggle the bag to Paris. But it's no easy journey. Kahlilah must first travel from Panama to Costa Rica and then to Cuba. Along the way she makes friends with English backpacker Laura who is also travelling to Paris....
Kidnapped In Iraq+
September 7, 2004: US forces are about to attack Tal Afar in North West Iraq. Journalists Scott Taylor and Zeynep Tugrul rush to the remote city to report from the frontline. But they are kidnapped by insurgents who think they're American spies. From then on their lives hang in the balance as the American military pound the City and the journalist face execution and torture and witness scenes few westerners have ever survived.
Busted And Pregnant+
Zara Whittaker, from a poverty-ridden housing project in South London, left behind her 8 month old baby, to go to Barbados and smuggle cocaine back. She never thought anything could go wrong - her partner in crime had done it 12 times before. Three days before the run, she found out she was pregnant, but she'd already spent too much of the drug dealers' money to pull out. Stopped by the police at the airport, Zara was given a five year prison sentence - she gave birth in Barbados, and, after three heartbreaking months, had to give the baby up.
Conned In Quito+
In 2003, Zoe McGarry's life changed forever after a chance encounter with a man called Tony. She met him in Nigeria while visiting the country with her Nigerian husband Olu, and they soon all became close friends. Tony had family in London and Zoe and Olu invited him to stay in their house. But within months his personality started to change, he was no longer the happy, warm person they once knew. And then, one day, he just disappeared. A few months later, he called Zoe from Ecuador begging her for help to re-new his visa so he could return to the UK and make a fresh start. Eventually, Tony persuaded Zoe to visit him to help with his paperwork....
A sorozat epizódjai olyan nemzetközi csavargások történetét elevenítik fel, melyek hosszabbra és fordulatosabbra sikerültek a reméltnél. TK White és szeretője, Scarlett egy balszerencsés napon visszautasíthatatlan ajánlatot kaptak: ötezer dollár készpénz üti a markukat, ha hazacsempésznek az Egyesült Államokba egy adag kábítószert Jamaicából. Az egyhetes ingyennyaralás után azonban jött a feketeleves: az utolsó pillanatban a kezükbe nyomott marihuánaszállítmány szinte be se volt csomagolva, a kényes küldeményt mindössze egy nejlonzacskó takarta úgy-ahogy a kíváncsi rendőrszemek elől. A repülőtéren a botcsinálta futárok le is buktak, s nemsokára...
January 2000: Major Phil Ashby has joined the United Nations to disarm warring factions in Sierra Leone, West Africa. What he finds are bloodthirsty child soldiers controlled by a menacing rebel warlord. When some rebels turn in their weapons to Phil, the angry warlord goes on a violent rampage, and closes in on the UN team for revenge. Surrounded, outgunned and vastly outnumbered, Phil risks everything in a desperate 50-mile escape through rebel-controlled jungle.
In 1999, heartbroken Londoner Clare Matthews decides to travel to Goa, India. She loves it so much that when her money runs out, she overcomes her initial fears and hides 2 pounds of hashish in a statue, mailing it off to Europe to make some quick cash. But her party lifestyle spirals out of control, and she needs more money. She ships another parcel, and then another-but the third one doesn't reach Europe. The courier company says they've lost the address and ask her to go to the post office to pick up a fax. Desperate for money but suspecting a trap, Clare reluctantly picks up the fax. She's arrested and ends up spending years in one of Asia's...
Plane Crash Marijuana+
In 1972, 19 year old American Jim PapRocki has just graduated from college, married his childhood sweetheart and they are expecting their first child. If money wasn't so tight, life could not have been better. But when Jim is convinced by his brother-in-law, flying ace Chris Jury, to be his co-pilot on a drug run to Southern Mexico, Jim's financial prospects start to look up. For $20,000 cash, he will help Chris pick up nearly a ton of marijuana and fly it back to the US, a journey of 1700 miles. Jim is assured that nothing can go wrong, the bi-plane has been adapted so they can cover the distance without refuelling. All goes to plan, until on...
Thai Prison Hell+
In 1993, 25-year-old Martin Garnett is already earning good money at a car dealership in Sydney, but he's hungry for more. When he agrees to body pack thirteen bags of Class A drugs from Thailand to Sydney for $200,000 in cash, his lifestyle is about to change dramatically…. but not in the way he hoped. At Bangkok airport, a security guard gives him a friendly pat on the back and he's immediately pulled over, stripped naked and discovered to be carrying 4.7 kilos of heroin - enough to receive the death penalty. Miraculously, Martin's sentence is reduced to 40 years because his court hearing falls on a Buddhist holiday. Now, he must learn to survive...
Somali Pirate Hostage Hell+
Prison Nightmares (Compilation)+
Banged Up Abroad: Prison Nightmares recounts some of the worst prison stays experienced by travelers who found themselves on the wrong side of the law far from home. When Dwight Worker tries to bring cocaine into the U.S. he ends up in the "Black Palace" in Mexico fighting for his life.