The story of a British male nurse who was arrested for being gay in Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is considered a capital offense.

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The story of a British male nurse who was arrested for being gay in Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is considered a capital offense.

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6 June 2012 (USA)  »

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"I thought I could get away with it"
25 November 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I have enjoyed this series for a while and just realized I could review these episodes!

Well, this one starts off on a familiar theme -- you have a person who is somewhat lost and lacking direction. To his credit, at least this guy has a profession, he's a nurse.

The familiar theme of poor insight into oneself and lousy judgment rears its head early. The guy is tempted to take a well-paying job in Saudi Arabia and learns that homosexuality is a capital crime there -- but instead of turning around and heading to a more reasonable country he naively decides to take the position and stay celibate for a year. Right.

He learns of a "virtual protective network" that will prevent the Saudi government from monitoring what he does on-line so he's off and running to explore hook-up sites. He wants so badly to be intimate with someone that he throws caution to the wind.

Voila we have the classic theme in this series. A person wants something but pursues it in a near fatally wrong-headed way.

Another fascinating element of "Locked Up Abroad" is exposure to some bizarre conditions in other places. Sometimes the facts truly strain credulity. So in this one we learn about "religious police" (AKA the Ministry of Virtue) who serve as judge and jury to folks they suspect are flouting Islamic law. We hear of a Filipino whom they suspected of homosexuality and raped! Yet still our protagonist isn't dissuaded.

He forges onward and meets up with Abdullah -- despite having been warned never to interact sexually with a Saudi -- yet professes to having "no idea" why he is meeting the guy. Great. Another "Locked Up" subject with an apparent death wish...

When he finally gains the right to leave, strictly through incomprehensible serendipity, our protagonist resolves never to return to Saudi Arabia. Bravo, man! Another life lesson is learned. One can only wonder how he will fare back in his native Glasgow.


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