'Drug traffickers are used as a decoy'
A delegation from the International Relations Department is scheduled to visit a South African woman in Mauritius accused of drug trafficking, on Friday.
The woman was arrested in her hotel room last month after she was found with pellets of heroin in her luggage.
Director at advocacy group Locked Up SA, Patricia Gerber has says the family is awaiting the outcome of the visit.
Describing the legal process for drug trafficking in Mautitius, Gerber says the maximum sentence for the crime is 60 years.
They have got very harsh sentences and they increased them in 2008. It used to be 45 years maximum now they have increased it to 60 years but they usually give the South Africans between 20 and 30 years.Patricia Gerber, Director at advocacy group Locked Up SA
Gerber insists that traffickers are used as a decoy.
Since the end of April we have had seven arrests of South Africans in Mauritius and this is absolutely unacceptable because the alleged crimes all originate on South African soil. They walk through OR Tambo with the drugs, they are not stopped at our airports and then the Mauritians are tipped off to arrest them.Patricia Gerber, Director at advocacy group Locked Up SA
These are the people who are recruited for the sole purpose to be arrested so that drug mules can walk through with the big amounts while the attention is on the decoy. In actual fact this is human trafficking.Patricia Gerber, Director at advocacy group Locked Up SA
I believe that government should do the right thing and that is to enter into prisoner transfer agreements because while they are keeping them in those foreign prisons, these recruiters and drug lords continue to operate in our country and go for all the vulnerable people.Patricia Gerber, Director at advocacy group Locked Up SA
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