Female Inmates in Thai Prison: A Harrowing Experience

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Ashley Oosthuizen, a 24-year-old woman from South Africa, is currently serving a prison sentence in Thailand for drug trafficking. Despite her predicament, she bravely wrote a letter detailing the experiences of female inmates in the Thai prison where she is incarcerated.

Horrific Conditions

In her letter, titled ‘Never shrink from standing up for ourselves when mistreated,’ Ashley Oosthuizen described the horrific conditions women prisoners were subjected to. These include a lack of space, little access to toilets, and insufficient sleep due to a lack of accommodation.

Taking a Stand

Despite the harsh conditions, Ashley Oosthuizen and her fellow inmates decided to take a stand against the mistreatment they were facing. The group refused to go upstairs during lock-up, so armed male officers were called in to subjugate the women.

Arrest for Drug Trafficking

Ashley Oosthuizen was arrested in 2020 for international drug trafficking after accepting a package containing MDMA. According to Thai authorities, Ashley was part of a drug trafficking ring that smuggled drugs into Thailand. Her boyfriend, Tristan Nettles, was the mastermind behind the operation.

Denial and Admission

At first, Ashley denied any involvement and knowledge of the drug dealing activities. However, after careful investigation by the Thai police, she admitted to knowing that there were drugs in the package that she had placed in the storage room of the restaurant before police arrived minutes later to arrest her.

Claims of Innocence

Ashley’s family and friends claim she is innocent of the crime she has been convicted of. They argue that she was simply a victim of circumstance and was unaware of the true nature of the package she accepted. However, police in Surat Thani and Ko Samui remain confident in their case against Ashley.


The story of Ashley Oosthuizen highlights the harrowing experiences of female inmates in Thai prisons. Despite the difficult circumstances, Ashley and her fellow inmates bravely stood up for themselves and refused to be mistreated. While the facts of her case remain in dispute, her story reminds us of the injustices that can occur even in dire circumstances.

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