Another woman sits this morning on Death Row in the Ho Chi Minh City prison. Suracha Chaimongkol, 31, is the latest Thai to throw her life away in the deadly crime of drug trafficking. She was caught last October attempting to smuggle 2kg of cocaine past Vietnamese customs agents. Six days ago, a judge of the People's Court sentenced her to die by lethal injection.
Suracha, like too many others before her, is both a criminal and a victim. She knew exactly what she was doing. At the end of her Brazil voyage, she was to receive 50,000 baht for delivering cocaine worth millions on the street and in the nightclubs. She set out to help to enrich the Bangkok-based drug gangs, and gain money for herself.
On the other side of this picture, she was lured and encouraged by the ubiquitous African boyfriend who almost always is involved in the background of such cases. She had personal hardship. She was convinced by drug gangs that smuggling was easy, people get away with it all the time.
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