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Under the Influence: The “Bali Nine” and the Effectiveness of the Death Penalty

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by Ashlee Pitts

Warning sign for drug trafficker violation in Jakarta. Photo credit: Serenity, Wikimedia Commons.
Warning sign for drug trafficker violation in Jakarta. Photo credit: Serenity, Wikimedia Commons.

Bali, a beautiful island with stunning views of the ocean, breathtaking volcanic mountains and daily Balinese offerings made by the local women that lie peacefully on nearly every corner. Bali continues to be a popular vacation destination for visitors all over the world. The excitement of the tourists after stepping off the plane and witnessing the initial scenery through the windows of Denpasar airport quickly vanishes when the drug trafficking warning appears. The less than subtle cautionary sign enlightens drug smugglers of the consequences that would follow if they are caught with any illicit contraband. The Indonesian government assures the world that this is no idle threat.

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