When it comes to overseas gambling, nothing is more dangerous to Aussie tourists than international drug smuggling. Last year 1032 prisoners were executed in 23 countries around the world. Many of these executions were carried out by militant groups in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia & Iraq. These areas are known to be dangerous for Westerners, but a majority of 2016’s executions were carried out in Asia. The causes for these killings are shocking, since they are targeting people who aren’t notorious criminals.
Thanks to the war on drugs, a surprising amount of drug executions were carried out over seemingly harmless crimes. Many would assume that the prime cause of executions would be terrorism or murder, but drugs smuggling stole the show. A number of countries have draconian approaches to drugs, even going as far as killing suspected traffickers. China, Malaysia & Vietnam have become notorious for their harsh drug laws, which demand death for anyone caught trafficking.
To avoid falling into this trap, it’s essential to educate ourselves about the harsh realities of international executions. They don’t just target serial killers, many normal people get caught up in these situations. Despite being nothing more than desperate travelers, these people face death for smuggling illegal substances. We decided to cover this topic to shed some light on the drastic changes between different countries’ drug laws. Prepare to be blown away by this article, the cases these Aussies face are outrageously lethal!
3 Aussie Tourists That Face Draconian Drug Executions
Aussie Tourist #1: Maria Exposto – A fake online romance forced this grandmother to face hanging from a noose. In December 2014, Maria was seduced by a U.S. serviceman online. Their banter online became more intense, & he persuaded her to fly to Shanghai. She jumped at the chance to meet him, & hopped on the plane. Unfortunately, she was greeted to a different reality when she landed in China. The serviceman was nowhere to be found, & Maria scrambled for a way to get back home.
Desperate for answers, she was approached by an unidentified man. He promised to help get her back to Australia, in exchange for taking a bag full of clothes with her on the trip. Thinking nothing of it, Maria took the bag with her to the airport. Little did she know, the bag contained 1.1 kg of methamphetamine.
It passed the first security checkpoint, but was swiftly intercepted during her connection in Malaysia. Now Maria faces death by hanging, which isn’t an empty threat since Malaysia has already executed multiple Australians for drug trafficking. She is currently appealing the case, but hopes for an acquittal remain low.
Aussie Tourist #2: Pham Trung Dung – This father of two found the financial struggle too daunting in Australia, so he turned to crime. Lacking options, he took an offer to smuggle 3.6 kg of heroin from Vietnam to Australia. They offered to pay him $40,000, which ended up being way too cheap to gamble his life. He ended up getting caught boarding a flight in Ho Chi Minh city, which was terrible news since Vietnam has extremely harsh drug laws. He now faces death by lethal injection, which will successfully tear this once vibrant family apart.
Aussie Tourist #3: Bangali Sherrif & Ibrahim Jalloh – This pair was arrested at the Guangzhou airport in China. They were caught with relatively small amounts of methamphetamine, but they both face death penalty by firing squad. Sheriff is fighting his sentence, & caught a surprise lucky break. He got his death sentence suspended, but prosecutors are fighting to get it reinstated. Jalloh has a learning disability, so he is fighting to get his case dismissed. Their legal cases are still pending, but either way they will spend the rest of their lives in China.