Tonight, Brigene Young will be tweeting live along with the premiere of her episode of Locked Up Abroad: Heroin Sting. Follow @LockedUpAbroad on Twitter at 10 p.m. EST to watch and chat live with Brigene. In the meantime, check out some our most pressing questions… and get ready to ask your own tonight.
But first, if you’re not familiar with Brigene’s story, here’s a little recap:
A fantasy vacation turned into a seven-year nightmare when Brigene Young was busted for smuggling drugs hidden in her shoes. At only 20 years old, she found herself facing up to 45 years in prison after being set up for heroin trafficking. She risks her life to cooperate with the Mauritius police in a dangerous and poorly planned sting operation, but when the operation fails, she is thrown back in jail. Terrified and nearly driven to insanity, she struggles to survive the horrid prison conditions.
Now on to the first portion of our Q&A…
How did you pass the time in prison?
Researching the laws and writing letters. I was also teaching English to other detainees.
Do you still keep in contact with anyone you met while locked up abroad?
Yes, quite a few people. I spent eight years of my life there and that place, and the people will always be a part of my life.
What were your first few weeks out of prison like?
Amazing and terrifying at the same time!
How is your relationship with your younger sister now?
Well she no longer lives in South Africa and leads a completely different life, so despite contact regularly I just think it will never be the same.
Did the filming of the show help you deal with any regret/guilt?
Doing this show was surprisingly harder than I expected as it asked a lot of questions I have never really sat down and thought about. It took me back in time as well, and sometimes re-living the whole thing is hard. It helped me see things I’d never realized before! Does anything ever really help with the guilt and regret after something like this?