An Instagram model claims she was detained by authorities for four days while travelling in Bali because of prescription medication in her suitcase.
The tourist also alleges she was ordered to pay almost $40,000 for her release.
Tori Ann Lyla Hunter, from Adelaide, was travelling from Australia to Bali at the beginning of this month, but was detained at the airport after customs officers reportedly found a number of prescription drugs in her suitcase, which are apparently legal in Australia but not Bali.
Hunter says she was subjected to an intense, 14-hour interrogation, during which time she claims ‘corrupt lawyers’ and Balinese authorities told her she could be released if she paid $39,600.
The 25-year-old reportedly had dexamphetamine to help her ADHD, Valium for anxiety and to help her sleep, and Seroquel for depression related to bipolar disorder, to help with sleep and management of borderline personality disorder. According to Hunter, she had a medical certificate which outlined what medicine she was carrying, the dosage she required and the reasons she had them.
However, she was told they were listed as ‘Class A drugs’ in Indonesia, despite calls to the Australian Embassy who apparently told her ‘there is no such list’.
Tori told the MailOnline:
They searched me on the internet, found out that I am a model, assumed that I’m loaded and that’s why I was personally targeted and extorted for $40,000.
Turns out my medications are Class A drugs in Bali according to a fictional list they gave me. After speaking with the Australian embassy I was informed there is no such list.
These people weren’t just ”doing their job”, people bring my medications into the country all the time.
Tori’s grandparents reportedly helped raise the money to bring the 25-year-old back home, while her mother is requesting notes and forms from the embassy to account for everything that happened during the alleged ordeal.
Tori has set up a GoFundMe page to help get back some of her costs she and her grandparents reportedly incurred.
On the crowdfunding site, Tori wrote:
My name is Tori Hunter, and I’m a popular Adelaide model/ social media influencer.
On my trip to Bali I was extorted for $39,600 AUS for my freedom, I was detained after going through customs for bringing my own personal medication into the country, which I brought in pharmacy labeled boxes along with a certificate from my GP.
I was personally targeted because of my social media status as a model these people weren’t just ‘doing their job’ they assumed I’m loaded and then came up with a list that states my medications as a class A drug there.
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For those who don’t know… I never made it through customs in Bali for bringing my own prescription medication Into the country, I spent 4 days locked up but was facing 5 years in a Balinese jail. Instead they extorted me for $39,482. They targeted me because of my social media status as a model and influencer, the full story is in my insta story and full video on the gofund me link in my bio. I’m hoping to raise awareness about people with mental illness travelling with medication aswell as awareness about how social media influencers can become targets!! 🙏❤️
I served 4 days in captivity but was facing upto 5 years in a Balinese prison. The corrupt lawyers and policeman asked for $39,600 as a bribe to set me free, this campaign is to help raise back some of that money!
According to Smart Traveller, tourists in Indonesia are ‘subject to local laws and penalties, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards’. The Australian Government will ‘do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter‘, but they cannot get you out of trouble or jail.
As well as trying to raise the money she had to apparently pay out for her release, Tori said she is sharing her story to ‘raise awareness for people with mental health issues travelling with prescription medications, as well as awareness for social media influencers and how they can become targets’.
So far, Tori has raised $150 of her $39,600 target.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.