Friday 20 October 2017

Barbara McCarthy: Peru Two 'will need money to survive jail'

Cramped conditions, food poisoning and murderers await the drug mules

Michaella McCollum Connolly arrives at court at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao.
Michaella McCollum Connolly arrives at court at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao.
BANGED UP ABROAD: Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid on their way to court in Lima. Photo: Splash News
The ‘supermax’ Ancon 2 prison, Photo: Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images
Santa Monica women's prison in Lima, Photo: Getty Images

Barbara McCarthy

Before I visited the Peru Two recently, I had been to see one of the two major women's prisons, and made inquiries about the other. One of these will undoubtedly be their new 'home' for the foreseeable future.

The prison I visited is called Santa Monica. There I met Bronwyn Atherton, 28, a third-generation Irish-Australian prisoner. Bronwyn looks like someone I would meet for coffee in town with her make-up done to perfection, wearing funky tights and a short skirt.

"Getting caught is totally surreal," she says. She was caught with 18kg of cocaine at Lima Airport in 2008, while trying to board a flight to Paris.

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