A mom-of-one from Johannesburg has told how she spent 7 years locked up in a Mauritian prison after being caught carrying nearly 1kg of heroin into the country.
'Lucy' (not her real name) spoke to Cape Talk's Sara-Jayne King, explaining how she believes she was set up by a man named CJ who she met in a bar while working as a waitress.
He seemed quite friendly, he used to give me a lift home from work. He seemed to travel a lot and he seemed like a nice enough guy.— 'Lucy', convicted drug mule
In fact CJ was involved in drug trafficking, but when he asked Lucy to go with him to Mauritius for the holiday of a life time she took it at face value.
It was only when, at the last minute, he told her she would be going alone, and that he wanted her to take something to a friend in Mauritius, that Lucy became suspicious.
Before boarding the flight CJ handed Lucy a pair of shoes and told her to wear them on the flight.
At the time I thought, hang on, this is not right, there's something in here, I didn't go into it blindly thinking, this is just a pair of shoes...my first thought was it was diamonds and I thought, well diamonds can't hurt anybody.— 'Lucy', convicted drug mule
Lucy realised she'd been set up the minute she stepped off the plane and was arrested.
She was found guilty of drug smuggling and sentenced to 10 years in jail.
You could hear the guys getting raped in the men's jail next door. The majority of the women in with me were drug addicts. Drugs would come into the prison. There were bed bugs all over the place. The male officers would make your life hell.— Lucy, convicted drug mule
Eventually, one morning, Lucy was told she was going home. By that time she'd spent seven years behind bars.
It took a while to sink in. Even now sometimes I dream about that place and what went on then.— Lucy, convicted drug mule
Listen to the full interview with 'Lucy' here: