The BEST Episodes of Banged Up Abroad (2007)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2020

Terrifying tales of every traveler's worst fear - imprisonment abroad. From gruesome jails to chilling kidnappings, live through the panic, tears and desperation as each dreadful story unfolds.

Highway to Hell

#1 - Highway to Hell

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired May 16, 2012

Thomas Hamill, an American truck driver taken hostage by Iraqi insurgents on April 9, 2004, recounts the ordeal.

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1 votes
Colombian Kidnap

#2 - Colombian Kidnap

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 13, 2012

A group of European backpackers are kidnapped by guerrillas during a trek in northern Colombia and held hostage for more than three months.

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1 votes
Son of Saddam

#3 - Son of Saddam

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 27, 2012

Iraqi soldier Latif Yahia describes how he was summoned to Saddam Hussein's palace and forced to become the body double of the dictator's eldest and most notorious son, Uday.

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1 votes
Vietnam POWs: McCain & Brace

#4 - Vietnam POWs: McCain & Brace

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 17, 2013

The seventh season opens with a profile of two American soldiers who were kept as POWs during the Vietnam War: Ernie Brace, who was held captive for almost eight years; and John McCain, whose plane was shot down over Hanoi.

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1 votes
Snakes on a Plane

#5 - Snakes on a Plane

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 17, 2013

A reptile smuggler who illegally sold crocodiles, snakes and other animals around the world is imprisoned in Belize while trying to escape from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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28 votes
Raving Arizona

#6 - Raving Arizona

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 24, 2013

A British man who moved to Arizona to become a stockbroker becomes involved with drug dealing and the Mafia.

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1 votes
Buried Alive

#7 - Buried Alive

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired May 1, 2013

A chronicle of the ordeal suffered by Roy Hallums, an American contractor working in Iraq who was kidnapped on Nov. 1, 2004, and held hostage for 10 months before being rescued.

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1 votes
The Real Argo

#8 - The Real Argo

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired May 5, 2013

The true story behind the 2012 film "Argo" is explored via archival news footage and first-person accounts from former CIA officer Antonio Mendez and rescued hostages Mark Lijek and Cora Amburn-Lijek.

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1 votes
Mexican Prison Escape

#9 - Mexican Prison Escape

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired May 15, 2013

Recalling the 1972 lockup of five young Americans who were caught smuggling 2000 pounds of marijuana out of Mexico.

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1 votes
Vegas Mobster

#10 - Vegas Mobster

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired May 29, 2013

A Chicago mobster heads to Las Vegas, where he's caught by the FBI. He then testifies against his mob and enters the witness-protection program.

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1 votes
Fast,Furious and Busted

#11 - Fast,Furious and Busted

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 5, 2013

A street racer gets involved with car thieves.

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1 votes
Hunting Mr. Nice

#12 - Hunting Mr. Nice

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 12, 2013

When British schoolteacher Howard Marks agrees to help an old friend finish off a drug deal, he has no idea that it will be the start of a new career. Attracted by the easy money and the thrill of being a smuggler, he is soon running a huge transatlantic operation.

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1 votes
Hippie Mafia

#13 - Hippie Mafia

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired May 22, 2013

Eddie Padilla is living the “high life” in Maui, surfing, partying and drug smuggling to support his cocaine addiction. But a run-in with the Peruvian police on a smuggling trip lands him and two friends in a prison called “The House of the Devil.”

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1 votes
Sierra Leone

#14 - Sierra Leone

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 5, 2009

Major Phil Ashby tells his story of being in the war-torn Sierra Leone as a UN Peacekeeper, and being ambushed by rebel forces. He under went four days of physical and psychological abuse, before making a daring escape through the jungle.

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1 votes
Jamaica

#15 - Jamaica

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 12, 2009

A couple agreed to accept $5,000 and a free vacation if they would smuggle marijuana from Jamaica, but wind up in an overcrowded Kingston jail after being caught in the airport.

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1 votes
Delhi

#16 - Delhi

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 19, 2009

A woman from London is sent to India's Tihar Jail, one of the world's largest prison, after she sends hashish to Europe to earn some fast money.

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1 votes
My Dad the Smuggler

#17 - My Dad the Smuggler

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 2, 2012

A young man travels to Pakistan and sets off with his estranged dad, unaware that his dad is a veteran cannabis smuggler with plans to bring 20 kilos of the drug into China.

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1 votes
Hasidic King of Coke

#18 - Hasidic King of Coke

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 16, 2012

An Orthodox Jew from London becomes a key player in an international cocaine-smuggling ring based in São Paulo, Brazil.

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1 votes
Not Without My Baby

#19 - Not Without My Baby

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 23, 2012

An American woman is charged with fraud after trying to acquire a birth certificate and a passport for her adopted son.

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1 votes
Chilean Prison Break

#20 - Chilean Prison Break

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 30, 2012

A California man is arrested during a drug deal in Chile and sentenced to five years in prison. He and a fellow prisoner decide to escape and flee the country on foot.

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1 votes
The Orchid Hunters

#21 - The Orchid Hunters

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Aug 6, 2012

Two British backpackers attempt to cross from Panama to Colombia via the notoriously dangerous Darién Gap, but are captured and held hostage by Colombian guerrillas.

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1 votes
Venezuela Hustle

#22 - Venezuela Hustle

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Aug 13, 2012

Life inside Venezuela's notorious Los Teques Prison is detailed by an Irish man who was arrested at the Caracas airport for trying to smuggle cocaine back to Dublin.

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1 votes
Nightmare in Somalia

#23 - Nightmare in Somalia

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 20, 2012

Freelance journalists Nigel Brennan and Amanda Lindhout describe how they were kidnapped by a criminal gang while covering the war in Somalia in July 2008, and the subsequent 15 months they were held captive.

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1 votes
Busted in Bangkok

#24 - Busted in Bangkok

Season 8 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 27, 2012

Life in a notorious Bangkok prison is detailed by a woman who received a life sentence for attempting to smuggle heroin out of Thailand.

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1 votes
Escape From the Gulag

#25 - Escape From the Gulag

Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired Sep 3, 2012

In 1976, at the height of the Cold War, an American is caught smuggling heroin from Kuala Lumpur to Russia. He details his incarceration in a Soviet prison camp and his eventual escape during a power outage.

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