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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Pregnant Woman Arrested Trafficking Heroin in Laos

A pregnant woman from Great Britain, arrested for trafficking heroin in Laos, will be sent home to serve her sentence. Samantha Orobator, age 20, is believed to have artificially inseminated herself while incarcerated. Heroin trafficking is an offense punishable by death in Laos, but, Laos has a law against executing pregnant women; in June Orobator pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. Great Britain and Laos made a pact last May that allows for Orobator to be extradited to finish out her sentence; according to the AP, "The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding last week bringing the agreement into force."

Samantha Orobator got a second chance that many people trafficking drugs never get; it will be interesting to see how much time she serves considering the difference in punishment from one country to the next.

Orabator's mother, Jane, has been fighting for a year to have Samantha extradited to England. "Police said they found 1.5 pounds (680 grams) of heroin in 68 capsules on Orobator's body when she was arrested last August at Vientiane airport on her way to Australia." Despite the fact that Laos expects Orobator to finish the rest of her life sentence in England, it is highly unlikely that she will. They need to get Orobator to England as soon as possible, she will be 36 weeks pregnant on Aug. 12 and will not be able to take an international flight.

All of this should be a wake up call to Samantha Orobator and her family, a baby is probably the only thing that saved her life. When she gets out of prison, which she undoubtedly will, I hope that she can find it in herself to be a mother to the child. Second chances some times come once in a life time and you can only gamble with your future so many times before something bad happens.

I will try to follow this story and keep my readers informed on whether or not Samantha takes advantage of her second chance. Let me know what you think.

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