I watched most of the series last summer on a recommendation from a friend. The series is called "Locked up Abroad" in North America. It is a documentary series about Americans and Brits who get arrested in third world countries. Actors are used to reenact events while interviews with those actually involved. Everyone I recommended the series to loved it.
As you can expect most of those arrested were trying to smuggle drugs. They ranged from those down on their luck trying to make extra money, addicts who needed money, some who were just not very bright. Though several played themselves off as victims most were not.
The first episode I saw featured two of the dumbest people of the series. These two women from California did their very best to make Americans looks as dumb, vapid, shallow, ignorant and naive as possible. They were persuaded by a friend to bring some cocaine back from Peru after spending a week there. The women thought it would be a good thing, they would get to party it up on the tropical beaches of Peru. . . . . And it was summer which would be the perfect time to do. Peru is a popular tourist destination. Millions go there to see the beautiful mountains and ancient Inca ruins. Exactly the kind of things two vapid California girls could care less about. What they found was a mountainous country that was mostly overcast and rather chilly. Yes, since it was summer in California it meant it was winter in the southern hemisphere, where Peru is. Something else the vapid girls did not realize.
After spending a week in a Peruvian hotel, terrified out of their minds by the drug smugglers, the girls got ready to go home. The cocaine they were to smuggle was perfectly sealed in the casing of suitcases. The entire plot was set to go off without a hitch, except for the vapid girls. They might as well have been carrying a sign that said "drug mule" with them at the air port. When the customs agent asked what they had been up to in Peru they badly mispronounced the names of the two famous Inca sites, Machu Picchu and cusco. So they were taken to a back room where customs agents found the cocaine in their luggage.
Being as vapid and spoiled as they are, they expected to be let onto their plane after explaining the cocaine did not belong to them, they were only smuggling it for a gang in town. So it came as quite a shock when they were hauled to the central jail in Lima. It also came as shock when someone from the US embassy showed up and the girls found out the US government would not tell Peru to let them go. Not sure their logic here, they were trying to smuggle cocaine to the US and expected the US government to help get them freed. Maybe they had never heard of the War on Drugs since it seems there is an awful lot they had never heard of.
So they spent the next three years in a Peruvian prison. They thought it was the worst thing in the world. They were locked up with a collection of other female prisoners. Mostly prostitutes and petty thieves. I hope the two vapid girls realize how lucky they are to have not made it out of Peru with the cocaine. Had they been caught in the US they would have been looking at 10-20 years in a federal prison locked up with cracked out gang bangers.
If this description goes over well I will include more accounts of people "banged up abroad."