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UK NEWS: PERU DRUG ARRESTS – WOMEN SAY ‘THEY WERE FORCED IN TO COCAINE TRAFFICKING / AN OBSERVATION

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid

Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid

Via BBC News

Two women held in Peru over suspected drug trafficking have told a visiting cleric they were forced at gunpoint by Colombian gangsters to carry the drugs.

Melissa Reid, 19, from Lenzie, near Glasgow, and Michaella McCollum, 20, from Dungannon, were stopped trying to board a flight to Madrid last week.

A Catholic archbishop, Sean Walsh, visited the women in a police holding centre in Lima.

The women are due in court later where they will be formally charged.

The BBC’s Will Grant in Lima said they are expected to enter not guilty pleas.

Police said they found more than 24lb (11kg) of cocaine, with a street value of £1.5m, in food packaging in the women’s luggage at the city’s airport.

The archbishop, who has been working with prisoners in Peru for several years, said he had met with the two women for half an hour at the holding centre.

“They told me that there were a group of Colombians that actually took them at gunpoint and threatened them,” he said. Continue Reading….

I am just observing the tactics being used by the British media to generate public sympathy and support for Melissa Reid and  Michaella McCollum.

So far I have read numerous quotes from the suspected drug smugglers distraught and worried family members alongside family photographs, watched a live interview on Daybreak this morning with the Catholic archbishop who is supporting them out there (he believes their version of events) and read detailed reports about their current “living conditions” in Peru. Some members from within the British media are shocked and appalled that a jail cell in Peru does not resemble a room at the Premier Inn.

Melissa and Michaella are  both young women , relatively attractive and Caucasian so it really comes as no surprise to me that they are being treated with kid gloves by the mainstream media and being portrayed as innocent terrified victims.  Regardless of how bad the situation is the media has always had this tendency to pick and choose who they support and who they give major news coverage to based on the individual/s looks, class, age, gender and race.

If Melissa and Michaella were two young black women the reaction and treatment from the media would be very different and I doubt there would be a Catholic archbishop running to their aid either.

No, they would have no choice but to make friends with the prison guards and their fellow inmates because that jail  would be ‘home’ for the foreseeable future.

But mark my words Melissa and Michaella will be home soon. I look forward to reading all about  the media led campaign that will  be set up soon PASSIONATELY calling for their release.

Your thoughts please…

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  1. lati
    August 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm | #1

    I have watched documentaries of banged up abroad and I have heard people who have been arrested, especially the females, give this as a reason when found with drugs and arrested.

  2. cameron
    August 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm | #2

    This story reminds me about these two under 16 yr old London girls (one or both may have been British Asian or British African) that were caught smuggling drugs to Ghana. I think they were both convinced that they were asked to take 2 laptops over from England to Ghana but both laptops contained drugs. When the news broke, albeit not anyway like this story was broke I remember that everyone had already made their mind up that the girls were guilty or that their parents were to blame as soon as people heard the girls name’s (both Islamic names).

    The narrative always changes when it is a young “good looking” white girl, it’s always “they are nice girls”, “they never do these things at home”, “they will not last in that prison”. Then there is always a campaign to get the home office to do something quick.

    And it’s not just a race thing, i remember a story about a white woman in her late 30′s getting caught in somewhere in Asia, the media had painted her out as some type of Chav so everyone believed she was guilty on looks alone. Then there is the story about those men (1 black guy, 1 Asian and the rest white and all working class) held in UAE that the media ignored until their families made enough noise about the fact that they have been falsely held and tortured, and even now the story has not gathered the same media “cry” as the story above.

  3. August 14, 2013 at 5:59 pm | #3

    cameron :
    This story reminds me about these two under 16 yr old London girls (one or both may have been British Asian or British African) that were caught smuggling drugs to Ghana. I think they were both convinced that they were asked to take 2 laptops over from England to Ghana but both laptops contained drugs. When the news broke, albeit not anyway like this story was broke I remember that everyone had already made their mind up that the girls were guilty or that their parents were to blame as soon as people heard the girls name’s (both Islamic names).
    The narrative always changes when it is a young “good looking” white girl, it’s always “they are nice girls”, “they never do these things at home”, “they will not last in that prison”. Then there is always a campaign to get the home office to do something quick.
    And it’s not just a race thing, i remember a story about a white woman in her late 30′s getting caught in somewhere in Asia, the media had painted her out as some type of Chav so everyone believed she was guilty on looks alone. Then there is the story about those men (1 black guy, 1 Asian and the rest white and all working class) held in UAE that the media ignored until their families made enough noise about the fact that they have been falsely held and tortured, and even now the story has not gathered the same media “cry” as the story above.

    I agree with you on this one Cameron, two middle class white girls so instantly the story changes.

  4. Nubiahbella
    August 14, 2013 at 6:08 pm | #4

    Talk about surcharge in your luggage (11kg) is alot to carry lol!
    My friend works at the Swiss Border at the Airport and she told me the biggest smugglers are White Female . She said drug dealer thinks because they are white people would never suspect them ( apparently they are right, they are seen as angels and purity lol).

    This story really shows how white privilege works, but I have to command white people for sticking to their own and uplifting their women to saint level who can do no wrong.

    On another note I have noticed how white female are ALWAYS described as attractive even when they are merely cute ( and I use the term cute loosely for those two lol).
    They are definitely hold to different standard when it comes to womanhood and alot people not only white buy into this.

  5. August 15, 2013 at 1:31 am | #5

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  6. Terra
    August 15, 2013 at 9:20 am | #6

    tymusic :
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  7. Chris Lloyd
    August 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm | #7

    Cute? I wouldn’t even give them that.

  8. August 16, 2013 at 12:32 am | #8

    Terra
    August 15, 2013 at 9:20 am | #6 Quote
    tymusic :
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