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A holiday that ends in any of the world's hardest prison would be any traveller’s worst nightmare.

A holiday in paradise that takes a turn for the worse and ends in a foreign prison cell would be any traveller’s worst nightmare – but for some people, it’s their reality. This series tells the stories of people who, through naivety, stupidity or plain bad luck have been caught smuggling drugs or another illegal item they’ve been tricked into carrying through customs. Other adventurers have strayed too far off the beaten track and found themselves hostage to guerrilla forces. Follow these individuals as they find themselves falling deeper into an inescapable downward spiral, from their initial motivation for the trip to their moment of arrest. Their capture, navigation of an incomprehensible legal system, time in incarceration and the traumatic blow the experience has on their relationships with family and friends are all profiled in this eye-opening series.


  • Locked Up Abroad: Venezuela Hustle
    A failed businessman, plumber Paul Keanys desperately looks for opportunities to make ends meet for his family. So he tries smuggling.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Sao Paulo Death Trap
    Brendan Cosso smuggled cocaine out of Brazil and was arrested at Sao Paulo airport. He was sentenced to the most violent prison in South America.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Busted In Bali
    In 1985, Australian businessman Chris Parnell was arrested and accused of smuggling twelve kilos of hashish in Bali...
  • Locked Up Abroad: Teen Smuggler
    Alex Silva is a bored teenager, who is distracted by some wealthy Mexican drug smugglers. He begs to be let in on the action.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Hooked In Havana
    When Kahlilah meets big shot music producer Roy, her life is transformed. However he abandons her in Panama with a bag stuffed with 8kg of cocaine.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Kidnapped In Iraq
    2004: US forces are about to attack Tal Afar in Iraq. Journalists Scott Taylor and Zeynep Tugrul rush to the city to report but they are kidnapped.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Busted And Pregnant
    Zara Whittaker knew she was smuggling drugs but she didn't know she was carrying a baby too.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Conned In Quito
    Tony gave Eva a rucksack, which contained 2.6kg of cocaine inside. Eva was arrested and given a 16-year jail term while Tony was never caught.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Jamaican Getaway
    TK White and her girlfriend are caught and sent to prison, where they end up defending their gay lifestyle to hostile Jamaicans.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Boy Soldiers
    With the UN, Phil Ashby is disarming child soldiers controlled by a rebel warlord but they go on a violent, vengeful rampage against the UN team.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Philippine Terror
    Greg Williams was kidnapped by the Islamic terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda within days of arriving. His only chance of survival was to escape.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Party Girl
    In 1999, Clare goes to India where she supports her party lifestyle by mailing drugs to Europe. Arested at post office, she awaits trial for years.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Venezuela Blues
    David deceives her girlfriend Julie and carries cocaine to Venezuela. He was caught and arrested. Will they have a chance to get back together?
  • Locked Up Abroad: Mexico Or Bust
    Jake Stanford attempted a deal to supply 2Kg of drugs to an American. A resulting drugs bust would see him witness two policemen shot point blank.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Sierra Leone
    With the UN, Phil Ashby is disarming child soldiers controlled by a rebel warlord but they go on a violent, vengeful rampage against the UN team.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Bangladesh
    To raise money for college, Lia became a heroin smuggler. But her naive plans went horribly wrong as she faced death penalty in Bangladesh.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Death In The Jungle
    Safari guide Mark Ross and his tour group had a perfect day in the jungles of Uganda. It became a nightmare when they were kidnapped by Hutu rebels.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Taiwan
    McGill and his family are living the highlife in Taipei. But the good life is ripped apart by notorious Chinese criminal, Chin Chen......
  • Locked Up Abroad: South Korea
    Cullen's ill conceived plan to smuggle cannabis from the Philippines brought them far more excitement than they'd ever bargained for.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Lima
    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.
  • Locked Up Abroad: The Philippines
    When celebrating their anniversary, Gracia and Martin were kidnapped by a Muslim Fundamentalist group renowned for beheading their victims.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Nightmare In Chechnya
  • Locked Up Abroad: Pakistan
    British journalist Amar Bassey disguised himself as a tribesman to write about daily life in Afghanistan. He was accused of spying and was imprisoned.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Ecuador
    Due to the pull of easy money, Daniel endured his accomplice but ended up being betrayed in a snow storm of cocaine.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Hostage To Terror
    Rhys and Bela were travelling independently throughout India but their fates turned horribly wrong when they were kidnapped by Omar Saeed Sheikh.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Peru
    Sarah was in debt so she worked as a drug courier. To make it look like a holiday trip, she brings her friend Simon along and got into deep trouble.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Kuwait
    Scott was having a great time in Kuwait. He started selling drugs,ended up in jail and was trapped in the middle of Saddam's invasion of Kuwait.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Malaysia
    Monique & Callie planned a last holiday before they settled down but were kidnapped by the Abbu Sayyaf terrorist group,knowned for brutal beheadings.
  • Locked Up Abroad: The Real Midnight Express
    Billy tells the real story behind being sent to the infamous Turkish Sagmalcilar prison.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Bangkok Underworld
    At age 28, Tim Schrader left Australia to work as a teacher in Bangkok. Tim was offered a chance to make $10,000 by smuggling heroin into the U.S.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Saddam's Iraq
    Two men are captured by the Mukhabarat, and plunged into a brutal world of torture and execution.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Tokyo Takedown
    Jackie Nichols was living the dream, in love with her boyfriend until one day he suddenly died in a car accident……
  • Locked Up Abroad: Colombia Ambush
    Young American backpacker Mark Wedeven wanted the ultimate adventure: crossing from Panama to Colombia overland through the notorious Darién Gap.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Party girl (aka Delhi)
    In 1999, Clare goes to India where she supports her party lifestyle by mailing drugs to Europe. Arrested at the post office, she awaits trial.
  • Locked Up Abroad: 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.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Saudi Whisky Run
    Scottish chef Gordon Malloch start a new lifein Saudi Arabia as a catering manager but quickly finds himself a profitable sideline as a bootlegger.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Prisoner of Love
    British man David Scott tells the story of finding his Philipino soulmate while taking risks to be in prison for 14 years .
  • Locked Up Abroad: Mexico Money Machine
    When Jeremy Khinoo loses his girlfriend and daughter, he started the road of taking prescription drugs and using fake cash.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Heroin Sting
    Brigene Young gets busted at customs with a kilo of heroin unless she agrees to take part in an operation to catch the drug traffickers.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Daredevil Drug Runner
    Chris Chance begins smuggling cannabis resin to England, concealing it in a rubber body suit. This will eventually land him in prison.
  • Locked Up Abroad: The Cocaine Trap
    After months of job searching, Stephen believed his luck had changed when a businessman offered him $15,000 to transport "gold".
  • Locked Up Abroad: Drug Dealer Revenge
    Pringle panics, and dumps the drugs by the roadside. The dealer threatens Pringle and the only option is to return to Peru and bring back the drugs.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Teenage Drug Smuggler
    Vivian's prayers are answered when she is offered $20,000 to be a drug mule. It appears easy when she's assured the customs officials have been bribed.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Backstabbed In Thailand
    Kim and Lisa are found to have 14 kilos of drugs stashed in their bags. Sentenced to life in a Thai prison, they wonder if they'll ever see home again.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Smuggler Makeover
    Michael Morey fell in love with a woman he met in Trinidad. He learnedhis girlfriend were expecting a baby, Michael agreed to smuggle cocaine.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Undercover Biker
    Charles Falco is facing life in prison so becomes an informer to reduce his sentence. Here, he tells us how he infiltrates a deadly motorcycle gang.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Korean Ecstasy King
    In South Korea, English teacher Jesse Moskel becomes the kingpin of a huge MDMA smuggling operation, and one of South East Asia's most wanted men.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Pop Star Smuggler
    Latino pop star Jimmy Bauer has been dropped by his label. Desperate to raise funds he resorts to desperate measures that don’t go according to plan.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Undercover Arms Dealer
    A law-abiding arms dealer working undercover for British intelligence must risk his life in an Indian jail in order to stop a terrorist massacre.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Model Drug Runner
    A stripper turned model is drawn into a shadowy European drug operation in his quest for fame and money.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Drug Runner Mom
    A single mum caught in a Colombian drug operation is caught in a further double cross when she agrees to turn informer and trap the rest of the gang.
  • Locked Up Abroad: King of Weed
    A rising star in the Canadian hockey league becomes more focused on drug smuggling than his sporting career with disastrous consequences.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Colombian Double Cross
    When a desperate single mother is caught up in a colleague’s crime, she is thrown into a world of ever present danger and a fight for survival.
  • Locked Up Abroad: Miami Mobster Take Down
    When a mobster tries to open a new club in Panama City, unhappy locals go to extremes to run him out of town leaving him in a fight for his life.