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Dream adventures turn into hellish nightmares for the travelers featured in this series, which recounts through firsthand interviews and re-enactments terror-filled experiences of being arrested in a foreign country, usually for drug smuggling, and how they coped with the resulting lengthy prison terms. Viewers also hear from people directly involved with the arrests, whether it's the undercover agents gathering the evidence against the suspects, or the people making the drug dealing offers.

Latest episodes

aired 19 days ago
Successful model Garrain Jones hits the big-time when he stars in a Beyoncé video, but then loses it all when he gets caught smuggling heroin through Europe.
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Desperate for a gastric bypass, Vivian Carrasquillo agreed to smuggle drugs for cash. However, meager meals in a tropical jail played no part in her weight-loss plan.
aired 19 days ago
Sentenced to 12 years, drug dealer Pieter Tritton must find out if he has what it takes to survive in one of the worlds' most violent and corrupt penal systems.
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Latasha Madson gets a chance to dance in a club in Thailand, where she falls in love with a man named Phillip; caught with a stash of Phillip's heroin, she is sent to Thailand's notorious "Bangkok Hilton" prison.
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Keith Stansell is taken hostage by FARC guerrillas after his plane crashes in the Colombian jungle.
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Texan Carlos Quijas is a happy family man whose girlfriend, Anna, is expecting their first child, but, in Mexico, his life changes forever when he's falsely imprisoned and tortured for drug smuggling.
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The remarkable story of Vietnam POWs Ernie Brace and John McCain and the friendship they formed though the cell walls of Hanoi Hilton prison.
aired 91 days ago
Steve Peterson attempts to smuggle marijuana from Mexico into the US, but encounters Tijuana cops.
aired 91 days ago
Photographer Matthew Schrier is kidnapped by Al Qaeda while departing Aleppo, Syria; he faces a choice between saving himself or staying with a fellow prisoner.
aired 92 days ago
For money to party and to support his daughter, a jobless man, Duane Wollum, smuggles cocaine from Nicaragua into the U.S.
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An Australian thinks his luck has changed when a businessman offers him $15,000 to smuggle gold but when it turns out to be cocaine, he must battle illness and hostile inmates in an Argentine prison.
aired 105 days ago
In July 2008, Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and Canadian reporter Amanda Lindhout end up spending over a year in captivity while reporting on the war in Somalia.
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Miami mobster Tony Galeota is framed for drug dealing and trafficking in Panama City.
aired 105 days ago
U.S. Naval Officer Lemar Burton tries to survive in one of Colombia's most brutal prisons.
aired 106 days ago
Busted for drug smuggling, life in a Mexico jail becomes a living hell for Dwight Yorker, who winds up dressing as a woman in an audacious bid for freedom.
aired 106 days ago
A Royal Marine working with the United Nations to disarm rebel forces in Sierra Leone must make a daring jungle escape after his camp is attacked.
aired 106 days ago
An American innocently thinks he's simply been invited along on a nice trip to Peru with a new female friend until he gets thrown in jail after she gets caught trying to smuggle two suitcases packed with cocaine back to the United States.
aired 106 days ago
Two young American women face prison sentences for trying to bring back cocaine in exchange for a luxury vacation in Peru.
aired 106 days ago
Londoner Clare Matthews spends over five years in one of Asia's largest jails while she awaits trial for smuggling drugs from India to Europe.
aired 106 days ago
Billy Hayes, subject of the 1978 film "Midnight Express," tells the real story of being sent to the infamous Turkish Sagmalcilar prison.
aired 106 days ago
Two women are imprisoned in Kingston's Central Jail after attempting to bring marijuana back to the United States in exchange for a Jamaican vacation and $5,000.

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