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Locked up like an animal: Czech model shares her Pakistan prison experience

"I thought they were going to kill me"
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

Czech model Tereza Hluskova, who was jailed in Pakistan for attempting to smuggle heroin, revealed that she was “locked up like an animal”.

The 27-year-old was held at the AIIama IqbaI International airport in 2018 with 8.5kg of heroin in her luggage. At that time she was 22, heading to Ireland via Dubai.

“No family, locked up like animals, humiliation. And I try to shake such thoughts out of my head right away, but sometimes it doesn’t go away right away,” she was quoted as by Daily Mail.

In 2019, she was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison. However, she was released in 2022 after a series of appeals.

Hluskova made some staggering revelations in four ‘confessional’ videos, where she shared her experience behind bars in Pakistan.

“I thought they were going to kill me,” she said admiring persons who spent time in cells and came out completely fine.

She also shed light on inmates’ behaviour saying that she still woke up remembering the beating.

“I still have it [the experience] inside me. Now and then I remember how they woke us up, how the girls beat us, and how cold it was there. I had no medical help, I had to help myself, and I was crying. I’ll have it in me for the rest of my life.”

“Sometimes I close my eyes and feel what’s there again. How terrible we were.”

Hluskova also shared life in prison during the winter and summer seasons. “The summer was quiet, hot as in a sauna, so I soon sweated out the flu. You could have had a headache or tuberculosis.”

“But in winter? I was not warmed by a blanket, a sweatshirt, or hot tea. And on top of that a cold and a cough.”

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Tereza Hluskova

Czech model