The BEST Episodes of Banged Up Abroad (2007)
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021
Network: National Geographic (UK)
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.
#1 - Betrayed In Ecuador
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 29, 2009
An unsuspecting woman, Zoe McGarry, is given a suitcase full of cocaine and is arrested when attempting to board a plane with it.
#2 - Cuba/Hooked In Havana
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 3, 2009
When Kahlilah met big-shot music producer Roy, she didn't expect that her life would change forever. Just months into their relationship, Roy forced her to smuggle 18 pounds of cocaine.
#3 - Iraq/Kidnapped In Iraq
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 15, 2009
Journalists Scott Taylor and Zeynep Tugrul are kidnapped by insurgents who accuse them of being American spies.
#4 - Barbados/Busted And Pregnant
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 22, 2009
British teen Zara Whittaker is arrested at an airport trying to smuggle cocaine out of Barbados.
#5 - Sierra Leone/Jungle Siege
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 5, 2009
During a U.N. peace mission, a minor incident sparks nationwide fighting, leading Major Phil Ashby to flee his disarmament camp and chance survival in a daring escape through the jungle.
#6 - Jamaica/Jamaican Getaway
Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 12, 2009
T.K. White and her girlfriend are sent to Kingston's notorious central prison after attempting to smuggle marijuana.
#7 - India/Delhi/Party Girl
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 19, 2009
Clare Matthews quits her job and travels to India. But when money gets tight, she gambles for a quick payout: sending hash illegally to London via parcel. It works the first time, even the second. But the third time, her luck runs out and she ends up in one of the world's largest jails.
#8 - Mexican Cartel Hell
Season 12 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 2, 2019
In Mexico, Carlos Quijas is falsely imprisoned and tortured for drug smuggling. Inside Mexico's most dangerous prison, he has to get tough to survive.
#9 - Narco Wine Bust
Season 12 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 6, 2019
Champion skier Nick Brewer flees home after life changing accident and works his way to the top of a multi-million dollar cocaine empire in Argentina.
#10 - Mexico Money Machine
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 2011
After heading to Mexico with a suitcase of fake money to buy drugs, California bodybuilder Jeremy Khinoo finds himself behind bars and in big trouble.
#11 - Snakes on a Plane
Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired May 1, 2013
Tom Crutchfield is a reptile smuggler under investigation during Operation Chameleon. He gets close to being caught in the United States, so he flees to Belize, where he ends up in prison until being deported back to the United States.
#12 - Forbidden Love
Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 18, 2011
Briton David Scott tells the story of finding his soulmate in the Philippines, and risking a 14-year prison sentence for adultery.
#13 - Heroin Sting
Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 1, 2011
After being caught with a kilo of heroin in Mauritius, Brigene Young faces 45 years in jail unless she can help catch the drug traffickers. Young eventually served 7 years in prison.
#14 - Saudi Bootlegger
Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 11, 2011
Scottish chef Gordon Malloch arrives in Saudi Arabia to start a new life as a catering manager, but quickly finds himself a profitable sideline as a bootlegger.
#15 - Taiwan
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 13, 2008
Taiwan's most-wanted criminal breaks into the house of McGill Alexander, a South African army colonel, and takes Alexander and his family hostage.
#16 - Backstabbed in Thailand
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 6, 2011
Military veteran Kim Hood faces life behind bars in a squalid Thai prison after being caught smuggling 14 kilos of heroin with a friend, Lisa Taylor.
#17 - Malaysia
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 6, 2008
While vacationing in Malaysia, Monique and Callie Strydom are kidnapped by a Muslim militant group and held hostage for four months in the Philippines.
#18 - Daredevil Drug Runner
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 2011
The tale of Chris Chance, whose daredevil life smuggling cannabis into the U.K. concealed in a rubber body suit leads to a nasty prison sentence at Carabanchel Prison.
#19 - The Cocaine Trap
Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 15, 2011
Stephen Sutton gets caught up when he is offered $15,000 to transport cocaine disguised as gold, leading to an 11-year prison sentence.
#20 - Drug Dealer Revenge
Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 22, 2011
Company director Robert Pringle is sentenced to seven years in a violent South-American lock-up after being pressured by his dealer to smuggle drugs.
#21 - Mexico/Teen Smuggler
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 20, 2009
Alex Silva grew up in the ghetto of El Paso Texas. Son to a single mother who didn't care he wasn't going anywhere. A small job at an auto shop got him involved in smuggling drugs from Mexico.
#22 - Teenage Drug Smuggler
Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 2011
Vivian Carrasquillo faces a crash diet in jail after an attempt to raise funds for gastric bypass surgery by becoming a drug mule backfires.
#23 - Bogota Belly Bust
Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 20, 2016
The story of 28-year-old Canadian Tabitha Ritchie, whose life took a terrifying turn when she was caught smuggling drugs out of Colombia.
#24 - Bangkok Betrayal
Season 12 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 16, 2019
Hip hop dancer LaTasha thinks she's been offered the opportunity of a lifetime, but opportunity turns to nightmare when she finds herself locked up and pregnant in a Thai jail, having been fooled into smuggling heroin by a man she thought she loved.
#25 - From Hollywood to Hell
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 25, 2012
When young actor Erik Audé discovers that he was tricked into smuggling opium out of Pakistan, he must fight to stay alive and clear his name.