Jaime is a freelance writer and videomaker. When she's not working she can be found talking to animals or playing pinball.

Russia’s Heroin Epidemic

In 1976 as Russia was in the midst of the Cold War— a state of tension and conflict between the western and communist worlds—heroin use was making waves in the United States with President Richard Nixon declaring a war on drugs. As drug were at the forefront of concern in the United States, American Jerry…

Adolescents’ Love Affair with Heroin

The popularity of  heroin has fluctuated throughout decades depending on its price, availability, and even how fashionable it is at the time. Derived from the opium poppy plant, heroin, when snorted or injected creates a euphoric high that can last hours. Classified as a Schedule I drug, heroin has become a threat to the health…

The Dangerous Job of Journalism

Journalists have been risking their lives for years in order to expose their audience to war, rebellion, and various political upheavals. These daring adventures are often seen by journalists as a way to boost their careers and reach more people. Unfortunately, the danger of these assignments can end in assault, kidnapping, and even death for…

A Fight for Survival in Venezuela’s Prisons

Originally built to confine criminals until reparations were assigned, prisons have become a form of punishment themselves. Over the course of time the condition of penal institutions has decreased with overcrowding and corrupt staff playing a large role. For those prisoners serving their time in a foreign country, language barriers and discrimination against their nationality…

Kidnapped for Cash on the Darién Gap

Each day adventure seekers set out to explore new territories and bear witness to nature in its purest form. As they absorb breathtaking sites and experience new cultures, many people return from their trips with a new outlook on life. In Locked up Abroad: The Orchid Hunters,  Paul Winders was on a quest to travel…

Caught Up in the South American Drug War

Many tourists traveling to Peru are drawn to the ancient monuments of the Norte Chico civilization and the Inca Empire—one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The rich history has made Peru’s cultural tourism the fastest growing tourism industry in South America. Tourism is the third largest industry in Peru with mining and fishing…

Attempted Adoption Becomes Human Trafficking Nightmare on Locked Up Abroad

Egypt is one of the most populous countries in the Middle East with more than 81 million people living throughout Cairo, Alexandria, or along the Nile River. Of those 81 million, an estimated 1.7 million are orphans. In addition, the number of children that live in the streets of Egypt is thought to be far…

Locked Up Abroad: Cocaine in Brazil

The largest country in South America and the fifth largest in world, Brazil has been gaining in popularity with tourists in the last decade. Home to several beaches, the Amazon rainforest, and complex system of rivers, Brazil attracts many ecotourists interested in exploring the diverse topography. In 2011 over 5.4 million visitors chose Brazil as…

Locked Up Abroad: Drug Trafficking in Nicaragua

Often referred to as the land of lagoons and volcanoes, Nicaragua is a hotspot of biodiversity. Its freshwater lakes and rainforests have made the country an attractive destination for ecotourists and agritourists. As a result, tourism has increased greatly in the last six years making it the second largest industry in Nicaragua. Despite this boost…

Locked Up Abroad: Smuggling Drugs in China

If you are thinking about visiting China to explore its diverse landscapes and experience its rich culture, you are not alone. The most populous country is also the third most popular destination for tourists with over 55 million visitors each year.  With the Great Wall and Forbidden City drawing more and more people, China’s tourism…