Deidre Rankin has been a model prisoner.
In Peru, the 33-year-old Cobourg native has actually been both — a model and a prisoner. Known as Gia Rogers, she’s become a household name in the South American country.
As a Canadian, Rankin is a woman without a country as she lies in hospital following a serious accident that almost killed her.
“She wants to go home to Canada to recuperate from a car crash which left her with two broken legs and an open wound under her arm,” said her mother, Fern Rankin.
But there are road blocks as she was convicted as part of an international drug smuggling ring. Charged in a 2011 drug conspiracy, she was convicted of smuggling 50 kilograms of cocaine out on a flight from Peru. Although convicted of being a drug mule, she posted to social media she’s a “good girl” caught up with “bad company.”
In 2013, she was released on parole for “good behaviour” and has been living on the fringes in Lima ever since.
“She has relied on friends to survive,” said her mother.
Then came a car crash on Feb. 27, the horror displayed fully on Peruvian television.
“The Canadian Embassy in Peru is not helping her at all,” said Fern, who has flown there. “She requires a travel document to fly back to Canada as she has no passport as hers had expired and was destroyed in Ottawa. As a Canadian, surely she has some kind of rights.”
If she was abroad fighting with ISIS or al-Qaida, imprisoned in Pakistan or kidnapped in Afghanistan, there would be precedent established to gain assistance. But Rankin is in a no-man’s land.
The embassy in Lima and Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa told the Toronto Sun they’ll comment when they learn more. Since this woman has a young daughter in Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pronounced “a Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian,” Fern Rankin is hoping she’ll get a second chance in Canada.
She believes she’ll go from model prisoner to model citizen.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies