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41. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Ill look out for that book, Laura B.
I sounds interesting.

Mel

42. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Karazyal and Oslaue

I am not sure what u two are hoping to achieve, with this conversation. Are u trying to convince me, not to visit and/or write to prisoners?

Mel

Go ahead and visit if it makes you feel better. Bring some smokes and KYJ to make the felon a little more comfortable!

43. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 9y

Quoting Laura_B

A lot of foreigners who end up in Thai prisons put themselves in awkward positions, i.e. running out of money and not being able to return home. So what do they do? Out of desperation they get involved with the wrong people, take a chance with doing a drug deal. I don't have that much sympathy for people like that. But after reading various book about foreigners and their time in Thai prisons, it made me realise how difficult it can be for them.

Most of the embassies will make arrangements to ship their "down and out" citizens back to the home country. Of course they also send them the bill for that ride home, perhaps these jailed criminals were just too cheap to pay the freight!

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44. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Ill look out for that book, Laura B.
I sounds interesting.

Mel

There are a few more as well "Damage Done" By Warren Fellows an Australian drug dealer and also "Forget you had a daughter" by Sandra Gregory, a British woman who was stranded in Thailand with no money smuggled heroin for money for a flight home, although she never made it on the plane! She spend a few years in a Thai prison, but then got transfered back to prison in the UK.

These stories should put anyone off having anything to do with drugs in Thailand!

45. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Laura

Books are so much more interesting, when one has met people, experiencing what is in the books. That is one big advantage of meeting and talking with people in all kinds of situations and/or doing various things, with their lives. I think i will read a bunch of them. Hopefully, they will be in our local library, so I wont have to buy them.

Mel

46. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 9y

I love reading true stories. Off topic, but I've read lots about the Vietnam war, the Khmer Rouge etc. Very interesting after you have visited the countries concerned.

47. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I agree, Laura.
It give one a feeling for why things are like they are and why people are a certain way, in various countries.

Mel

48. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

Mel...you could always PM me and i will be happy to tell you the story of my life....real storys...happy storys and sad storys!

i am also locked up too...but instead of a prison i am in a huge office block!

my employers make me work 9-5, they dont give me food or water, they expect me to find this myself...they dont allow my co-workers to smoke in the office or to drink.

in the summers they expect me to work in 30 degrees weather!,
they dont even buy us ice cream!

visit us!!!

49. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Do they pay well, Oslaue?
What do u do, for a living?

Mel

50. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

i work as a IT consultant / specialist. specialising in automation development, testing, managment, consulting for banks, telcoms, government projects mainly...actually i can do any industry.

my pay can be ok sometimes. i work for myself contracting, where you probably know that the money i make in 3-6 months is what joe soap makes in 12-15 months. daily rates vary depending industry such as financial, telco, government. but i dont get any of the perks like a permi gets such as medical, paid holidays etc...

you get to work on a 1 weeks notice period...it does have its benefits!

the rates we are talking about here can be anything betwen 400-900euro a day...

no real difference betwen perm and contract except for pay, plus i can work pretty much so anywhere. but also means you live a shit and unstable life!