First, it began through Facebook which is very popular nowadays among young girls, boys and even their mothers and fathers. Through Facebook, many become hooked, intimate and then cheated.
Take for example the case of Beatrice Johie, a 27 year old nurse and a single mother of three from Kampung Seratau, Kuching/Serian Road, who was arrested last Sunday at Melbourne Airport carrying 1.5 kg of heroine in her luggage.
The luggage which she was carrying belonged to her Nigerian boyfriend named Anthony, and the drug was hidden in its lining.
The boyfriend was supposed to go with her but because of his visa ‘problem’ he could not go. He asked Beatrice to carry his bag. Any logic or not?
Beatrice met the Nigerian through Facebook. She was advised by her relatives to be extra careful with the foreign boyfriend especially if he comes from Africa.
She ignored their advice.
Many young Malaysian girls have been turned into ‘mules’ to carry drugs for their boyfriends and several have been arrested overseas.
Beatrice was charged at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday. She is now being remanded until January 9, 2012.
She is facing a 25 years imprisonment and or a fine of A$550,000.
In some countries like Malaysia, she could face mandatory death sentence, if found guilty.
Beatrice is bringing shame not only to herself, but also her family members. Worst, her detention is certain to affect the future well-being of her three sons aged two, six and eight years old.
What is so attractive about this African man that she is prepared to risk herself by agreeing to follow him to Australia? Is it the promise of big money? Or is it really love?
She ignored her relatives’ advice and therefore pays a heavy price for it.
Something our young girls should ponder.