The dilemma facing the Peru Two
The turnaround in our reaction to the young women arrested in Peru is astonishing, writes Carol Hunt
Published 29/09/2013 | 05:00
The first public reactions, in the main, were of sympathy and distress. Two pretty girls, only 20 years of age, spending their summer working in the sun-soaked isle of Ibiza, somehow got caught up in the murky world of drugs smuggling.
One Scottish, the other one Irish, from Tyrone; her parents, interviewed by the media, appeared shocked, mystified and confused, terrified for the safety of their baby. All over the country, parents with daughters wondered if it was a case of, "there but for the grace of God ... "
Many girls work their summers abroad. Even though my eldest is only 12, I presume, when old enough, she will want to travel with friends and soak up foreign climes; enjoy a carefree youth before the constraints of career and family intervene; get herself into scrapes and out of them again without the need for parental involvement – but hopefully without getting herself arrested or worse.