Woman caught with heroin in Laos

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

Salaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah

I’ve been kind of following a news story on CNN about a woman who was allegedly caught with about two kilos of heroin on her in Laos. She is in jail there now, and possibly became pregnant as a result of rape while in jail. She is awaiting trial right now.

I have mixed emotions about this. First of all, rape is a horrendous crime and no woman should ever have to submit to it. Being in a filthy hellhole of a prison with inadequate food and sanitation is an offense to my sensibilities. People who have been convicted of crimes should not be dealt with in such a manner; people who have not yet been tried shouldn’t be either.

That being said, I have no argument with the goverment seeking to impose the death penalty on drug traffickers (though they may not impose it on this woman due to her pregnancy). I have seen this show on TV called “Locked Up Abroad” and there are many stories of business people or tourists agreeing to carry heroin or cocaine in order to smuggle it back into their home countries. They think of it as a one-time lark, a way to score quick cash. Then they get caught and go all “call my embassy!” Uh, you’re a drug smuggler, why should your home country want to help you? You were, after all, willing to bring a poison into the country. As far as I am concerned, being a drug mule, even once, makes you an accessory to murder. People die due to overdoses, drug-related killings, accidents due to impaired judgment. Because YOU helped carry that drug into your country, your state, your neighborhood, you bear responsibility for EVERY crime, injury, or death associated with the drugs you carried. How many people can get high off of two kilos of heroin? Who will overdose and die because of YOU. Oh, I’m just one person, you say. Drugs are everywhere and the bricks I brought in are just a drop in the bucket you say. That’s a facile rationalization. You have aided terrorists, traffickers, addicts, and anyone who benefits from the sale of drugs. So, as far as I am concerned, you can rot in your cell for a while. Perhaps that will discourage the next stupid tourist from agreeing to be a mule for some drug cartel.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10147082144460788615 Nancy Shehata

    Walaikum as SalaamIt is terribly tragic when people make that ONE BIG HUGE TERRIBLE MISTAKE that affects not only their lives, but the lives of their friends and families. My husband has a cousin who is a heroit addict, and my mom is a drug treatment counselor. I’ve seen firsthand how drugs destroy. I’m sorry about your cousin. May Allah give him hedayah because he can end with the blessings of Jannah if he repents and submits to Allah. That would be a true triumph!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07893542426042877844 Muneera

    Assalamou alaykoum,I agree with you on people no matter if its their first time trafficking or not that they need to be punished. That being said, my cousin was one of these guys who was talked into smuggling cocaine from Mexico to US and the Mexican government wouldn’t let him be tried here in Canada and his parents lost everything because the jail made them pay for his life. He’s finally out now but its been almost 10 years since it happened.