|The Spanish prison|
Back home, Mum contacted our local MP in the UK, John Bercow. He asked for the Government's support in getting me a pardon. In 2000, he got a response from the Spanish ambassador to say I'd been released 'without readmission', which everyone took to mean I could return to the UK. I managed to get a new passport, and booked a flight home.
- Last year, Prisoners Abroad supported 146 women held on drugs charges outside the UK, 51 per cent in South America and the Caribbean and 19 per cent in EU countries.
- In July 2007, two 16-year-old schoolgirls from north London were found guilty of trying to smuggle cocaine from Ghana to the UK. Yasemin Vatansever and Yatunde Diya were arrested after they were found with laptop bags containing 6kg of cocaine. They claimed they didn't know about the drugs, but had been asked by two men to collect the bags for £3,000. They served one year in a correctional facility in Ghana and came back to the UK in July 2008.
- Mum of four Laura Makin, 32, from Liverpool, went on holiday to Venezuela in March 2009 with her estranged husband, Paul. Unknown to her, he'd done a deal to smuggle drugs. At the airport, 24kg of cocaine, worth £1.2million, was discovered in his bag. Laura could face 10 years in jail, while Paul pleaded guilty and is serving eight years.