Drug Busts, Bribes and a Backpacker Breaks His Skull in Vang Vieng, Laos.
Above Photo: Young travellers party hard on the banks of Vang Vieng’s Nam Song River. (Elizabeth Anile)
A while back I read a post on the blog of Thailand-based British journalist Andrew Drummond, who covered a murky tale of a British MP’s son who had allegedly been arrested for drugs offences in Vang Vieng, Laos. The story was subsequently hushed up, probably because the alleged offender paid a large bribe to the police to walk away, as is the usual form out there when backpackers are caught with small amounts of narcotics.
Although, come to think of it, I’m pretty sure that ISN’T what happened, as that would be a serious breach of the provisions of the UK Bribery Act 2010…
The full article is here: http://www.andrew-drummond.com/2012/07/british-mp-son-arrested-for-drugs-in.html
But I was even more interested in the Youtube video Andrew had embedded into his report, which appears below, and which again demonstrates the dangers of tubing and general booze and drug-related fun on the river in Vang Vieng, which is one of the modern-day themes in my novel, BACK.
Our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.
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