Since the start of 2016, about a dozen South African women and several South African men have been arrested at Hong Kong airport for drug trafficking …

Nearly all of these people have been arranged/tricked/forced by Nigerian drug lords operating in South Africa.

One of the Nigerians goes by the name of “Lucky”. He stays somewhere in Midrand

He and his brother recruit “mules” from Johannesburg and surrounding areas. Sometimes they give drugs to people “on account” and then take those people’s daughters when the amount of money owed is too high to repay.

I am deeply saddened each time I read a report like this in the HK media:

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“Customs officers today (Feb 21, 2016) arrested a 23-year-old woman carrying 1.8kg of cocaine worth HK$1.94 million in her briefcase at the airport. She arrived from Johannesburg, South Africa. She will face drug-trafficking charges at Tsuen Wan Magistracy tomorrow.”

Sad because that young women will serve a minimum of 11 years in prison, after “cuts” for pleading guilty and for good behaviour. She will be 34 years old when she returns to South Africa.

It seems that the Nigerian drug lords, now that they can’t get people, especially women, from East Africa, are exploiting the poverty of people, especially women, in South Africa, to find their recruits

A moving letter from another SA woman, aged 26, describing how she became a “mule”, can be found here (Scroll down to 2016-02-07 Letter from a South African inmate in a HK prison.)

Since 2013 I have been posting letters like these on my website to warn Africans about the danger of drug trafficking to Hong Kong

My campaign has been greatly helped by media and blogs in Africa, and has helped reduce the flow of “mules” from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda to a trickle (only two Tanzanians in the past year, as against one or more a week before the campaign began).

It seems that the Nigerian drug lords, now that they can’t get people, especially women, from East Africa, are exploiting the poverty of people, especially women, in South Africa, to find their recruits.

Many thanks to All4Women for publishing this article. I hope it will help reduce the number of SA women spending long years in prison in Hong Kong. If anyone would like to help my campaign, please contact me: [email protected]

Fr John Wotherspoon O.M.I., a prison chaplain in Hong Kong.