British Police Ask Cambridge University Student to Prostitute Himself for Thirty Quid (US$ 50)
Above Photo: Aerial shot of Cambridge University. (© unknown)
Drug-loving, trouble-making Cambridge University students cause mayhem when they trek into the Laotian jungle with American backpackers in my novel BACK. That’s why I’m always happy to feature accounts of real Cambridge students’ misbehavior on the website, and why I was interested to read a while ago about the following tale.
However in this case, the unnamed Cambridge University student did the right thing, when local police called him out of the blue and asked him to keep ‘Tabs’ (forgive the pun) on other students and to report back to the police.
Appalled at being asked to spy on his fellow students, the unnamed activist refused. Perhaps believing they were in another century, the police offered him the derisory sum of GBP 30 for his espionage services, which the student found no difficulty in rejecting.
A Cambridgeshire police representative stressed the legality of the officer’s proposition: “Officers use covert tactics to gather intelligence, in accordance with the law, to assist in the prevention and detection of criminal activity.”
Surely Cambridge police have more important things to do in the city than care what students are up to? And if they pay peanuts, they aren’t going to get too many spy monkeys at wealthy Cambridge University, that’s for sure.
I’m certain that arch-traitor, Russian spy and Cambridge graduate Anthony Blunt got a lot more than thirty quid for selling out his country in the 1930’s…
For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War, POWs/MIAs and Adventure Backpackers trekking into the war-ravaged jungles of Asia see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/
And for POWs left behind in Laos:
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