Citizens Locked up Abroad Access to Legal Aid from Home

My name is Lesley Pumfrey I have nine children and four grandchildren. I am 44 years old. I live in my own home in Eastbourne East Sussex and I am a senior medical secretary in the Urology 
Department at Eastbourne EDGH. I am married to Karl and we have been together for seventeen years. All have brought all of my kids up to respect their elders and the laws of our country. Unfortunately one of my daughters has had a hard life. From her father rejecting her to then being horrendously bullied all through school when we live on the Romney Marsh Kent with no protection from head of that school as he would not accept he had a school run by bullies. I campaigned to change things nothing was done. She then got herself pregnant in 2005 and she was not able to look after herself let alone a baby so she went for a termination. In the November that year on thinking she got pregnant again we found the termination failed and she consequently had a little girl Casey. We put her in a mother and baby unit run by a charity which then became a nightmare for us all when one of the staff took disliking to her and accused her of all sorts (proved most of things they said were wrong) she ended up with Casey on at risk register. By this time Nicola had given up it seemed what ever she did it was always a negative feedback to slap her down and so I ended up with Casey coming to live with me in January 2009.  She then went off the rails drinking alot and not having anywhere to live. She moved in with a friend in Newhaven. Her friend then got a new boyfriend and in the April of that year I found out her friends boyfriend had been beating her and making her prostitute and even kidnapped her from Brighton and took her to Beachyhead and threatened to throw her off if she did not do what he wanted. Her friends mum had called my dad and then me to tell me she had been to the police because he was grooming young girls and my daughter to prostitute for him and also to do a drug runs for his mates in London (there is lots more too this but have no room for all). I had called the police and my dad did too and they said even though what she was doing was illegal they could not help us unless she made a complaint. We got her home in the May June 2009 and she denied it all to us. Well in the Sept Oct she seemed to settle down and moved back into my mums got a job and the court case (sued the consultant who failed her) and she was suing for 24.000 and seemed to be getting herself sorted. She even went to the police and told them all about what this guy had done to her and that she was scarred as he was making threats against my mother and my granddaughter. She did not want anything done to him she wanted to let them know just in case anything happened to her(my dad was taken seriously ill and died on the 16th of October) I also had a health scare and had to have a bone marrow biopsy. Then on the 20th of November she disappeared. We reported her missing on the Saturday 21st to Sussex Police We told them about everything we knew. She had been communicating with one of her friends and she knew what was going on but kept lieing about everything. We found out she was in Brazil Soa Paulo. I put on her facebook so they could see and told her she could not think of bringing any drugs back as the police know everything and they will be questioning her when she got into the country. I also called her and told her this on the phone. She was denying it and said she was on holiday and a girl had given her a ticket as she could not go due to uni starting. We found out what hotel she was in and a police officer called it and confirmed she was there and leaving on 25th. She was on facebook alot and tried to get her to go to consulate (we knew she had someone with her as when we talked via facebook her responses were not what she would say. She then suddenly disapearred off of facebook and no-one heard anything from her for about a week. The police found out she had tried to book a flight with a card which had no money on. I kept texting even pleading to whoever had her to let her come home and we would pay them the money back somehow. This would be provable by phone company and looking on messages on facebook. I was told by a policeman a week before her arrest that agencies were talking to each other in the background and even though it looked like they were doing nothing to help get her home they were actively trying to help. He also did though say was she telling the truth about it all and I told him she had no money not a penny and we know for sure that what was being said was the truth. Then at 1.00 am on the 21st of December my mum called me in a state to say she had been arrested at Soa Paulo airport for having drugs in her bag. I called the police and told them she had been arrested and they took the message and I heard nothing from them. I contacted the consulate and when I did I asked had they been contacted regarding my daughter going missing and the only time they contacted them was when I had that day. It was obvious that the Brazilian Police had not been told what had happened to her as nothing had been said. No one at anytime from Sussex Police phoned to offer any kind of sympathy or help. So I wrote and demanded in writing all that they had done to find her but was refused on some clause to the freedom of information act. The only thing they said is that they would speak to her legal defence if they contacted them and to let them know we believed she did it under duress. I sent this letter to her. We do not have the funds for private lawyer so she has to have  public one. I am finding out this is the worst defence lawyers you can have as 98% of people who have one get sent down. All that happened to her before she went is needed for her defence and I am told that he has not turned up to see her. My daughter had no clothing and is stuck in a hell hole and no one wants to help. I think we should in these cases provide a defence lawyer our own legal aid for our citizens. Not all cases are cut and dried and at least they deserve a decent defence and more watching how they are being treated as I do not think the consulate is very helpful at all. Foreigners get more legal help here than they would in their own country. We should help the poorer person abroad and our citizens especially in a country like Brazil. We all know that human rights is the last thing they think about and the insanitary conditions over there. Bring them home to serve sentences.  I have a little girl now who has lost her mum for good as I don't think my daughter is going to come back to us. She is not strong and she is a victim in this. The police have let my family down and now I dont know what to say to my kids as I have said if you are in trouble go to the police but how can I justify that when our own law cannot prevent things like this when they have been told that there is a gang in London praying on young vulnerable girls and sending them over to bring their drugs back and there is nothing they will do to stop this. There needs to be a campaign to put posters in airports to show the devastation it has when a loved one is used like this and ends up in Hell miles from friends and family and civilisation.  My daughter could be being abused, rapped, tortured and there is no one to help. Has she not suffered enough. I just want to add that my daughter had her passport photocopied and was frightened as the person they sent was linked to the gang who put her there as he asked to take her case on (he asked for her by name).

Why is this idea important?

My name is Lesley Pumfrey I have nine children and four grandchildren. I am 44 years old. I live in my own home in Eastbourne East Sussex and I am a senior medical secretary in the Urology 
Department at Eastbourne EDGH. I am married to Karl and we have been together for seventeen years. All have brought all of my kids up to respect their elders and the laws of our country. Unfortunately one of my daughters has had a hard life. From her father rejecting her to then being horrendously bullied all through school when we live on the Romney Marsh Kent with no protection from head of that school as he would not accept he had a school run by bullies. I campaigned to change things nothing was done. She then got herself pregnant in 2005 and she was not able to look after herself let alone a baby so she went for a termination. In the November that year on thinking she got pregnant again we found the termination failed and she consequently had a little girl Casey. We put her in a mother and baby unit run by a charity which then became a nightmare for us all when one of the staff took disliking to her and accused her of all sorts (proved most of things they said were wrong) she ended up with Casey on at risk register. By this time Nicola had given up it seemed what ever she did it was always a negative feedback to slap her down and so I ended up with Casey coming to live with me in January 2009.  She then went off the rails drinking alot and not having anywhere to live. She moved in with a friend in Newhaven. Her friend then got a new boyfriend and in the April of that year I found out her friends boyfriend had been beating her and making her prostitute and even kidnapped her from Brighton and took her to Beachyhead and threatened to throw her off if she did not do what he wanted. Her friends mum had called my dad and then me to tell me she had been to the police because he was grooming young girls and my daughter to prostitute for him and also to do a drug runs for his mates in London (there is lots more too this but have no room for all). I had called the police and my dad did too and they said even though what she was doing was illegal they could not help us unless she made a complaint. We got her home in the May June 2009 and she denied it all to us. Well in the Sept Oct she seemed to settle down and moved back into my mums got a job and the court case (sued the consultant who failed her) and she was suing for 24.000 and seemed to be getting herself sorted. She even went to the police and told them all about what this guy had done to her and that she was scarred as he was making threats against my mother and my granddaughter. She did not want anything done to him she wanted to let them know just in case anything happened to her(my dad was taken seriously ill and died on the 16th of October) I also had a health scare and had to have a bone marrow biopsy. Then on the 20th of November she disappeared. We reported her missing on the Saturday 21st to Sussex Police We told them about everything we knew. She had been communicating with one of her friends and she knew what was going on but kept lieing about everything. We found out she was in Brazil Soa Paulo. I put on her facebook so they could see and told her she could not think of bringing any drugs back as the police know everything and they will be questioning her when she got into the country. I also called her and told her this on the phone. She was denying it and said she was on holiday and a girl had given her a ticket as she could not go due to uni starting. We found out what hotel she was in and a police officer called it and confirmed she was there and leaving on 25th. She was on facebook alot and tried to get her to go to consulate (we knew she had someone with her as when we talked via facebook her responses were not what she would say. She then suddenly disapearred off of facebook and no-one heard anything from her for about a week. The police found out she had tried to book a flight with a card which had no money on. I kept texting even pleading to whoever had her to let her come home and we would pay them the money back somehow. This would be provable by phone company and looking on messages on facebook. I was told by a policeman a week before her arrest that agencies were talking to each other in the background and even though it looked like they were doing nothing to help get her home they were actively trying to help. He also did though say was she telling the truth about it all and I told him she had no money not a penny and we know for sure that what was being said was the truth. Then at 1.00 am on the 21st of December my mum called me in a state to say she had been arrested at Soa Paulo airport for having drugs in her bag. I called the police and told them she had been arrested and they took the message and I heard nothing from them. I contacted the consulate and when I did I asked had they been contacted regarding my daughter going missing and the only time they contacted them was when I had that day. It was obvious that the Brazilian Police had not been told what had happened to her as nothing had been said. No one at anytime from Sussex Police phoned to offer any kind of sympathy or help. So I wrote and demanded in writing all that they had done to find her but was refused on some clause to the freedom of information act. The only thing they said is that they would speak to her legal defence if they contacted them and to let them know we believed she did it under duress. I sent this letter to her. We do not have the funds for private lawyer so she has to have  public one. I am finding out this is the worst defence lawyers you can have as 98% of people who have one get sent down. All that happened to her before she went is needed for her defence and I am told that he has not turned up to see her. My daughter had no clothing and is stuck in a hell hole and no one wants to help. I think we should in these cases provide a defence lawyer our own legal aid for our citizens. Not all cases are cut and dried and at least they deserve a decent defence and more watching how they are being treated as I do not think the consulate is very helpful at all. Foreigners get more legal help here than they would in their own country. We should help the poorer person abroad and our citizens especially in a country like Brazil. We all know that human rights is the last thing they think about and the insanitary conditions over there. Bring them home to serve sentences.  I have a little girl now who has lost her mum for good as I don't think my daughter is going to come back to us. She is not strong and she is a victim in this. The police have let my family down and now I dont know what to say to my kids as I have said if you are in trouble go to the police but how can I justify that when our own law cannot prevent things like this when they have been told that there is a gang in London praying on young vulnerable girls and sending them over to bring their drugs back and there is nothing they will do to stop this. There needs to be a campaign to put posters in airports to show the devastation it has when a loved one is used like this and ends up in Hell miles from friends and family and civilisation.  My daughter could be being abused, rapped, tortured and there is no one to help. Has she not suffered enough. I just want to add that my daughter had her passport photocopied and was frightened as the person they sent was linked to the gang who put her there as he asked to take her case on (he asked for her by name).

Do NOT decriminalize cannabis…

…LEGALIZE it.

It is important people undrestund the difference between legalizing and decriminalizing.

Legalization is the process of removing a legal prohibition against something which is currently not legal.

Legalization is a process often applied to what are regarded, by those working towards legalization, as victimless crimes, of which one example is the consumption of illegal drugs .

Legalization should be contrasted with decriminalization, which removes criminal charges from an action, but leaves intact associated laws and regulations.

Why is this idea important?

…LEGALIZE it.

It is important people undrestund the difference between legalizing and decriminalizing.

Legalization is the process of removing a legal prohibition against something which is currently not legal.

Legalization is a process often applied to what are regarded, by those working towards legalization, as victimless crimes, of which one example is the consumption of illegal drugs .

Legalization should be contrasted with decriminalization, which removes criminal charges from an action, but leaves intact associated laws and regulations.

How to generate massive tax revenues while significantly reducing crime and its associated cost?

Let me be clear. This isn’t a revolutionary idea – or even unique. It’s a simple, effective approach that will deliver results. If our Government want raise significant tax revenues, while at the same time reducing monetary and social costs, then it’s time for a fresh approach to drugs policy.

I agree that proscribed drugs can be harmful and that they can even kill you. I agree that some poor souls don’t have a sufficient mental constitution, and have the propensity to ‘loose’ their minds thru experimenting with potentially harmful substances. I’m sure a few folk reading this could cite one or two casualties they’ve known, or even heard of, over the years who are good examples of how drugs ‘can’ mess you up.  (Note: Don’t include media hype here as we all know they’re prone to BS)

But here’s the thing. So many everyday items, household good and social institutions all have the capacity to harm or even kill. It’s a fact that swimming pools are more dangerous to kids than guns but we don’t ban them. In the UK more than 1000 people die every year from falling down stairs, while according to the Office of National Statistics only 897 people died from heroin and methadone in 2008 – isn’t this a lethal substance?. Ironically a much larger percentage of people suffer a fatal acute reaction to peanuts than to MDMA, the active ingredient in Ecstasy, which is a Class A banned substance. Who would consider banning peanuts? Mind you that’s another post perhaps…

I agree that even one person dying is tragic – particularly for the family – but it’s time to get real. Deaths from illicit drugs pale into statistical insignificance compared to alcohol and, of course, tobacco. But we don’t ban them do we? No we apply the only viable strategy, which is to license, regulate and tax these industries. So why don’t we do the same with ‘drugs’ then?

Let me say once again – I’m not advocating drug use of any kind. I whole heartedly believe that ‘recreational’ drugs can be deleterious, especially to young impressionable minds. I would prefer that everyone didn’t need a chemical fix for a bad day or even a bad life. But who’s kidding who here. Millions reach for a cigarette, or a glass of wine, or even slice of cake when their shadow calls.  Unless you’re an enlightened being – and I’m sure you believe you are – I’m afraid you’re with the rest of us aspirers, each with our own ‘drug’ of choice, even if you’re too out of focus to realise.

I wrote to Michael Howard (Home Secretary of the day in 1994 explaining why his policy and ‘war of drugs’ could never work and would therefore end in failure. I could have written it verbatim today and it still would be current and spot on. It’s time for positive action not yesterday’s rhetoric. I think the great Einstein perfectly sums up our counter-productive drug policies when he said, “any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction”.

Let’s hope Dave and Nick has what it takes.

Why is this idea important?

Let me be clear. This isn’t a revolutionary idea – or even unique. It’s a simple, effective approach that will deliver results. If our Government want raise significant tax revenues, while at the same time reducing monetary and social costs, then it’s time for a fresh approach to drugs policy.

I agree that proscribed drugs can be harmful and that they can even kill you. I agree that some poor souls don’t have a sufficient mental constitution, and have the propensity to ‘loose’ their minds thru experimenting with potentially harmful substances. I’m sure a few folk reading this could cite one or two casualties they’ve known, or even heard of, over the years who are good examples of how drugs ‘can’ mess you up.  (Note: Don’t include media hype here as we all know they’re prone to BS)

But here’s the thing. So many everyday items, household good and social institutions all have the capacity to harm or even kill. It’s a fact that swimming pools are more dangerous to kids than guns but we don’t ban them. In the UK more than 1000 people die every year from falling down stairs, while according to the Office of National Statistics only 897 people died from heroin and methadone in 2008 – isn’t this a lethal substance?. Ironically a much larger percentage of people suffer a fatal acute reaction to peanuts than to MDMA, the active ingredient in Ecstasy, which is a Class A banned substance. Who would consider banning peanuts? Mind you that’s another post perhaps…

I agree that even one person dying is tragic – particularly for the family – but it’s time to get real. Deaths from illicit drugs pale into statistical insignificance compared to alcohol and, of course, tobacco. But we don’t ban them do we? No we apply the only viable strategy, which is to license, regulate and tax these industries. So why don’t we do the same with ‘drugs’ then?

Let me say once again – I’m not advocating drug use of any kind. I whole heartedly believe that ‘recreational’ drugs can be deleterious, especially to young impressionable minds. I would prefer that everyone didn’t need a chemical fix for a bad day or even a bad life. But who’s kidding who here. Millions reach for a cigarette, or a glass of wine, or even slice of cake when their shadow calls.  Unless you’re an enlightened being – and I’m sure you believe you are – I’m afraid you’re with the rest of us aspirers, each with our own ‘drug’ of choice, even if you’re too out of focus to realise.

I wrote to Michael Howard (Home Secretary of the day in 1994 explaining why his policy and ‘war of drugs’ could never work and would therefore end in failure. I could have written it verbatim today and it still would be current and spot on. It’s time for positive action not yesterday’s rhetoric. I think the great Einstein perfectly sums up our counter-productive drug policies when he said, “any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction”.

Let’s hope Dave and Nick has what it takes.

Reduce taxes on work, increase taxes on debt, drugs, energy

Increase taxes on debt, drugs and energy and reduce income taxes by the same amount.   Legalising drugs would also allow the drug industry's profits to be taxed and reduce the amount of taxpayer money spent on the criminal justice system.

Why is this idea important?

Increase taxes on debt, drugs and energy and reduce income taxes by the same amount.   Legalising drugs would also allow the drug industry's profits to be taxed and reduce the amount of taxpayer money spent on the criminal justice system.

Change laws on drugs

I believe that by legalising drugs would result as follows

1. Taking the control away from drug traffickers

2. Will have an reduce human trafficking because the financial rewards will be impacted ie drug trafficking to finances human trafficking – human trafficking finances drug trafficking

3. A potential source of tax

4. It will also ease the pressure on the nhs to treat patients with drug problems

5. One also control the quality and quantity of drugs

6. Control of price of drugs which cause also help to reduce certain elements of crime ie drug users who steal to finance  drug habits

But what also needs to go hand in hand with the change of law on drugs is a full and franks education on drugs for all .The public must know what are the effects of taking certains and it must explained in a factual manner and unbiased .

Why is this idea important?

I believe that by legalising drugs would result as follows

1. Taking the control away from drug traffickers

2. Will have an reduce human trafficking because the financial rewards will be impacted ie drug trafficking to finances human trafficking – human trafficking finances drug trafficking

3. A potential source of tax

4. It will also ease the pressure on the nhs to treat patients with drug problems

5. One also control the quality and quantity of drugs

6. Control of price of drugs which cause also help to reduce certain elements of crime ie drug users who steal to finance  drug habits

But what also needs to go hand in hand with the change of law on drugs is a full and franks education on drugs for all .The public must know what are the effects of taking certains and it must explained in a factual manner and unbiased .

Legalise and tax hard drugs

The good guys have lost the 'war on drugs'. The winners are international criminal syndicates which are making billions out of smuggled heroin, crack etc and their local sub-contractors.

The losers are:-

–  the poor types who take up these substances and so ruin their lives;

– the ordinary citizens who are robbed and assaulted in the addicts' quest to service their habit;

– the prisons whose resources are overwhelmed by huge numbers of addicts;

– the taxpayers, who fund this entire, futile exercise.

My proposal is that these drugs ought to be sold via pharmacies and bear a tax similar to those on tobacco and alcohol, thus raising millions for the exchequer whilst driving the drugs barons out of business in the UK. Just like tobacco and alcohol they should be available on demand to anyone over 18. I choose pharmacies because, unlike other retailers, they already have secure storage for dangerous drugs.

Those who applaud the nanny state will protest, insisting that unformed young minds would want to try these things out and would be hooked. Certainly that would happen in some cases – but it happens now, so that is no argument.

Einstein defined lunacy as continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different outcome. In those terms we've been lunatics for a generation. Let's try sanity for once.

Why is this idea important?

The good guys have lost the 'war on drugs'. The winners are international criminal syndicates which are making billions out of smuggled heroin, crack etc and their local sub-contractors.

The losers are:-

–  the poor types who take up these substances and so ruin their lives;

– the ordinary citizens who are robbed and assaulted in the addicts' quest to service their habit;

– the prisons whose resources are overwhelmed by huge numbers of addicts;

– the taxpayers, who fund this entire, futile exercise.

My proposal is that these drugs ought to be sold via pharmacies and bear a tax similar to those on tobacco and alcohol, thus raising millions for the exchequer whilst driving the drugs barons out of business in the UK. Just like tobacco and alcohol they should be available on demand to anyone over 18. I choose pharmacies because, unlike other retailers, they already have secure storage for dangerous drugs.

Those who applaud the nanny state will protest, insisting that unformed young minds would want to try these things out and would be hooked. Certainly that would happen in some cases – but it happens now, so that is no argument.

Einstein defined lunacy as continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different outcome. In those terms we've been lunatics for a generation. Let's try sanity for once.

Repeal the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act

I, like most people, want to minimise the harm caused by drugs to individuals, communities, society and the world.

I am not suggesting legalisation as commercial corporations have shown they are irresponsible making money at the expense of public health. Rather I suggest drugs be decriminalised to allow the people who choose to use it to be able to get it at a fair price with tax to cover the potential problems built into it. Drugs should not be marketed or advertised but adults should be free to make informed choices.

Is it paranoid to suggest that a vulnerable stigmatised group provides a convenient enemy for people in power?

It is up to us, the people to see through this process where the media misreport and antagonise and politicians feel they have to be seen to respond with ill thought out kneejerk responses. Those in any real power consider it political suicide to allow an evidence-based debate and therefore be seen as being soft on drugs. Our current PM was a member of the committee which said "We recommend that the Government initiates a discussion within the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of alternative ways—including the possibility of legalisation and regulation—to tackle the global drugs dilemma".

All I ask is to carry this through rather than focussing only on retaining power.

Why is this idea important?

I, like most people, want to minimise the harm caused by drugs to individuals, communities, society and the world.

I am not suggesting legalisation as commercial corporations have shown they are irresponsible making money at the expense of public health. Rather I suggest drugs be decriminalised to allow the people who choose to use it to be able to get it at a fair price with tax to cover the potential problems built into it. Drugs should not be marketed or advertised but adults should be free to make informed choices.

Is it paranoid to suggest that a vulnerable stigmatised group provides a convenient enemy for people in power?

It is up to us, the people to see through this process where the media misreport and antagonise and politicians feel they have to be seen to respond with ill thought out kneejerk responses. Those in any real power consider it political suicide to allow an evidence-based debate and therefore be seen as being soft on drugs. Our current PM was a member of the committee which said "We recommend that the Government initiates a discussion within the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of alternative ways—including the possibility of legalisation and regulation—to tackle the global drugs dilemma".

All I ask is to carry this through rather than focussing only on retaining power.

Legalise Prostitution

Duplicate the treatment of prostitutes that Australia and some other 1st world countries use by legalising prostitution and giving them screening for STIs, protecting them from pimps and drug dealers, and in return taxing their income.

Why is this idea important?

Duplicate the treatment of prostitutes that Australia and some other 1st world countries use by legalising prostitution and giving them screening for STIs, protecting them from pimps and drug dealers, and in return taxing their income.

Repeal Drugs Prohibition

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.

Why is this idea important?

The UK has long participated in the "Global War On Drugs". In spite of this, all research and anecdotal evidence suggests that the use of currently illegal drugs is increasing.

Arguements are made pertaining to the health and societal aspects of drug use being detrimental to the country. This is almost always overstated and often detracts from rational discussion on the subject.

What is proposed?

  • The prohibition of all drugs currently illegal to posses or use should end.
  • Those who wish to purchase previously illegal drugs should be able to obtain them from licenced and reputable vendors such as chemists.
  • Registration could be implemented in order to allow analysis of purchasing patterns to identify those who are potentially at risk from any proven health concerns.
  • VAT to be applied to these sales earning the government much needed revenue.
  • Quality control to be ensured by those licenced to manufacture and supply.