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Thursday, May 23, 2024

British Backpacker Imprisoned in Notorious Bolivian Prison: Family Raises Funds for Legal Fight and Essentials

A British backpacker named John Henshaw from Greater Manchester is currently in Bolivia's San Pedro prison after being arrested for possessing a small amount of cannabis at La Paz International Airport in February.
His family claims the charges are false, and they are appealing for help due to Henshaw's dire conditions in the notorious prison known for its harsh living conditions and inmate-run operations.

A 39-year-old man named Henshaw is currently incarcerated in the San Pedro Prison in Bolivia, where he lacks access to basic necessities such as a bed, clean water, and consistent food.

He sleeps on the floor alongside dozens of other inmates and shares toilets with a larger group.

The prison, which was originally built for 600 inmates, now houses roughly 3,000, leading to overcrowding.

While some prisoners can afford to purchase "suites" with amenities like beds and Wi-Fi, Henshaw and many others endure poor living conditions.

His family is deeply concerned for his well-being, as he has reportedly suffered from illness and weight loss due to factors such as insect infestations and inadequate nutrition.

A GoFundMe campaign has been initiated to help John with his legal battle and provide him with necessary items.

The campaign has raised approximately 4,318 pounds out of a 6,000-pound goal.

John is currently in one of the harshest prisons in South America, San Pedro in La Paz, Bolivia, as mentioned in the documentary "World's Toughest Jails." His ex-partner, Toni Rimmer, is supporting his legal efforts from the UK, along with their daughter, Kaitlyn.

Both are concerned for John's safety and hope for his return home.
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