Molly Hill from Melbourne, Australia had been looking forward to her dream trip to Hawaii. She planned to meet her American boyfriend in Honolulu with a 90-day visa in hand.
She never expected her Hawaii dream would quickly turn into a nightmare at the airport; all because of what she had written in her diary.
On her Facebook account, Molly said she was taken into an interview room and had every inch of her luggage searched. She spent 6 hours in and out of the interrogation room until the immigration officer was convinced that she was supposedly planning to stay in the US illegally.
“In the end they were convinced I wanted to immigrate illegally because my diary had notes like “going away drinks” and “last day at work”, things I got in order before expecting to be away for 3 months,” Molly wrote.
She was also told there were no more flights to Australia and she had to stay in a detention center described by an officer “like jail but you can’t make any phone calls”.
She was handcuffed and then transported to the detention center.
“I was frisked, made to undress in front of an officer and show that there was nothing in my hair or mouth, and asked to ‘squat and cough’ which was absolutely mortifying,” she said.
Molly narrated she and another Japanese woman were ordered to put on a green prison uniform and provided with underwears either too small or too large for their size, before spending the next two hours going through different kinds of scanners.
They were made to remove every piece of jewelry and listed all her tattoos then answer questions about whether any of her tattoos were gang related.
Molly was unable to sleep in her bunker. The next day, which was, sadly, her birthday, she was stripped and handcuffed again before being escorted by security to the airport to wait for her return flight.
Finally she was allowed to call home but had to pay $620 for her ticket to Sydney.
“It’s been a surreal few days that’s taken a big chunk of money, heartache and tears,” she wrote.
Now finally back home, Molly is keen in pressing charges and is looking for a good immigration lawyer to represent her in the case.
“If anyone knows of a good immigration lawyer please hit me up! OR if you’re a journalist let’s write an anti-Trump piece,” her post ended.
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Article originally posted: May 20, 2017, 1:23 pm (UTC-0). Last update: May 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm (UTC-0).