She filled out a questionnaire and carefully crafted her profile.It would have been easy to burnish the truth, but she presented herself honestly, from her age (57) and hobbies ("dancing, rock collecting") to her financial status ("self sufficient").
The picture — outdoor photo, big smile — was real, and recent.
And her pitch was straightforward: Looking for a life partner …
They are then driven to capital cities, where wealthy Colombian dealers have bought beachside villas, especially in Guinea Bissau.
Drugs are also stored in anonymous warehouses often masquerading as tuna canning plants.
She had a website for her business, was on Facebook, carried a smartphone.
But who knew exactly how these online dating services worked?About 300 tons of cocaine, with a street value of £30 billion, is now trafficked through West Africa to Europe every year, according to Interpol estimates.Loaded on to ships in South America, consignments are taken to the mid-Atlantic where they are transferred to African-registered vessels. Now she was all by herself in a house secluded at the end of a long gravel driveway. At first, she just tiptoed around the many dating sites, window-shopping in this peculiar new marketplace. It wasn't until the fall that Amy was ready to dive in. Later, when she puzzled over their relationship, she'd remember this. That had been a fateful move; it made everything easier for him. After the funeral, a grief counselor told her to make no sudden changes in her life for at least a year, and she followed that advice.But much of the note consisted of flirty jokes ("If I could be bottled I would be called 'eau de enigma' ") and a detailed imaginary description of their first meeting: It's 11 am when we arrive at the restaurant for brunch.The restaurant is a white painted weatherboard, simple but well-kept, set on the edge of a lake, separated from it by an expansive deck, dotted (not packed) with tables and comfortable chairs….Two other young Londoners were arrested at Accra's airport earlier this month and found to have 3.5 kilos of cocaine hidden in the bags or clothes, or in pellets in their stomachs that they had swallowed.Authorities fear that South American smugglers are taking advantage of vulnerable British teenagers to bring drugs into Europe through West Africa, where policing and detection capability is poor.successful, spiritually minded, intelligent, good sense of humor, enjoys dancing and travelling. In those first weeks, she exchanged messages and a few calls with men, and even met some for coffee or lunch.But nothing clicked — either they weren't her type or they weren't exactly who they said they were.