Instagram model jailed in Bali 'for carrying prescription drugs' describes hell

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An Instagram model claims she was jailed and extorted out of £22,000 for her “freedom” after prescription pills were found in her luggage at Bali’s airport.

Tori Ann Lyla Hunter, 25, said she was arrested when she arrived on the Indonesian island, held for four days and threatened with a five-year jail sentence.

The Australian holidaymaker claims she was interrogated for 14 hours and “corrupt lawyers” and police officers told her she would be released without charge if she paid just over £22,000.

Ms Hunter, who was carrying medication to help her with ADHD, anxiety and depression, believes she was “targeted” because she is an Instagram model and influencer, and “they assumed that I’m loaded”.

Tori Ann Lyla Hunter, 25, claims she was extorted out of more than £20,000

 

The mum, from Adelaide, claims she was treated like a “street dog” in a dirty jail cell, receiving “plain bread” for dinner one night and a “hospital stretcher” to sleep on.

She posted photos and videos of the conditions inside her cell.

Ms Hunter said she was detained when she arrived in Bali on August 6 and customs officers found the prescription drugs in her luggage.

Ms Hunter says she was freed after she handed over the cash

 

She claims she was freed after handing over the cash.

Ms Hunter, who has launched a GoFundMe page, wrote online: “On my trip to Bali I was extorted for $39,600 AUS for my freedom, I was detained after going through customs for bringing my own personal medication into the country, which I brought in pharmacy labeled boxes along with a certificate from my GP.

“I was personally targeted because of my social media status as a model these people weren’t just ‘doing their job’ they assumed I’m loaded and then came up with a list that states my medications as a class A drug there.

Ms Hunter’s family sent money to her in Indonesia

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“I wouldn’t wish what I’ve been through the past week upon my worst enemy.

“I served 4 days in captivity but was facing up to 5 years in a Balinese prison.

“The corrupt lawyers and policeman asked for $39,600 as a bribe to set me free, this campaign is to help raise back some of that money!

Inside the model’s jail cell on the Indonesian island of Bali

“I am hoping to raise awareness for people with mental illness travelling with prescription medications aswell as awareness for social media influencers and how they can become targets!!”

She said she was carrying dexamphetamine to manage her ADHD, Valium for anxiety and to help her sleep, and Seroquel for depression related to bipolar disorder and to help with sleep and management of borderline personality disorder, it was reported.

The list stating that her medications were class A drugs does not exist, she claims.

The model wasn’t happy with the food she was given in jail

Ms Hunter said her grandparents helped her to raise enough cash to get her out of jail and bring her back home to Australia.

She has launched a GoFundMe page with a target of $39,600 AUD, but so far it had raised only $150 (£84) as of Wednesday afternoon.

Australia’s Foreign Affairs ministry warns holidaymakers: “Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia are available in other countries.

Ms Hunter has warned other tourists after her experience

“Some may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

“Take enough prescription medicine so you remain in good health.

“Always carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you take and that it’s for personal use only.

“If you’re caught with illegal medication, you can be detained, fined or face harsher penalties, even if an Australian doctor prescribed the drugs to you.

“This includes some medications used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”



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