Angela Carnegie was in a bad place in her life when she agreed to smuggle heroin from Thailand, but she had no idea how much worse it could get.
Stopped straight away at the airport, Carnegie was sentenced to life in a Thai prison – where she was forced to eat rotting, bug infested food and survive without running water.
Her trials and eventual triumph have been chronicled on the National Geographic show ‘Locked Up Abroad,’ where she will share her story with the world.
‘We showered outside rain or shine, often times standing in floating sewage which overflowed from the sewage canal that ran all around the edge of the prison.’
She said that after she was sentenced, she contemplated suicide.
Carnegie had just broken up with a serious boyfriend and was feeling vulnerable, so she decided to take up a friend’s offer for some quick cash.
All she had to do was meet him in Thailand, take a suitcase lined with drugs and come back home. Only, she never made it.
Thai officials spotted her right away and shipped her off. She would be later sentenced to life in prison.
During her decade at the prison, she would often sleep next to prisoners with tuberculosis, leprosy, pink eye and various other rashes and infections.‘There were times of water shortage, exposure to extreme heat almost constantly, power outages at night while in the room with 200+ other people so no fans or running water even for toilets,’ she said.
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