An innocent mum has told how she became lured into carrying drugs for an international cartel by a fake online dating account.
Yoshe Taylor, 48, ended up being jailed for six years and locked in a cell cramped with 99 other women.
Prey Sar Prison in Cambodia was so overcrowded most women were forced to sleep spooned up against each other along a central aisle.
“No wall, no curtains, no plumbing. They’re just toilet bowls on the floor,” mum-to-two Yoshe said.
The former primary school teacher had messaged Precious Chineme Nwoko, whom she thought was a businessman, through a dating site.
And she felt confident enough to meet him after months of chatting.
But Precious Chineme Nwoko had targeted her, and another woman, as a drug mule.
Yoshe was jailed for six crippling years. She suffered health problems, including depression.
Speaking today, she added: “I knew I wasn’t important so I didn’t think anyone would do anything to help me. I was a mushroom, I didn’t know what was going on.”
She told how her kids would cry during conversations on the prison telephone.
“I didn’t feel hungry, I didn’t feel anything. I just had no hope,” the former teacher, from Queensland, Australia, continued.
“Precious was supposed to be my friend.”
Chineme Nwoko lied about his job, his age and intentions online.
The Nigerian, now 29, used “very loving terms of endearment” for his victims.
Luke McMahon, a Melbourne-based lawyer who investigated the case, said: “This is quite a sophisticated way of manipulating people.
“He played on his victims’ vulnerability.”
Chineme Nwoko even plied Yoshe and other victims with luxury holidays around the world.
But after one flight to Cambodia, more than 2kg of powder was planted in Yoshe’s bag by Chineme Nwoko’s acquitance.
Within hours, the mum was locked up.
“If one person is protected because they’ve seen this story, if it can save one other Australian, I’ll be really happy,” she said.