Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Australian woman 'strip-searched and jailed' in Hawaii after U.S. border checks

Australian woman 'strip-searched and jailed' in Hawaii after U.S. border checks

When asked by BuzzFeed News why she was traveling with such documents, Hill said: "Those documents are always in that folder at home, I have my current vehicle loan info and reference numbers etc for anything I might have needed to sort out during my time away".

They searched her personal diary during an alleged six-hour interrogation and concluded she was going to stay in the United States illegally.

A 26-year-old Australian woman claims her plan to spend a romantic holiday with her boyfriend in Hawaii turned into a nightmare when she was detained at the airport, strip-searched and jailed because of what she had written in her diary.

After spending a night in prison, she was made to buy a ticket to Sydney even when she already had her return tickets done.

But when she arrived in Honolulu, she was taken to an interview room where her luggage was searched.

"They understood that I have an American boyfriend and I spent about six hours in and out of the interrogation rooms".

According to the Daily Mail, the officers decided she was planning to overstay her visa after reading notes in her diary about her "last day at work".

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia after touching down in Melbourne on Thursday, Ms Hill said she was still shaken.

She and a Japanese woman were handcuffed and taken to the prison, where they were frisked and made to undress in front of an officer and show they weren't concealing anything in their hair or mouths.

She was given a prison uniform and asked whether any of her tattoos were gang related, before being given a blanket and brown paper bag containing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. "My return ticket [was] paid for".

The next morning - which happened to be her birthday - Hill was notified that she would be released and would need to pay $620 for the flight back to Sydney.

Ms Hill tried to sleep through the night but was kept awake by her cellmate, who would drain the toilet to "chat to her boyfriend upstairs through the toilet pipes".

"The max [amount of time you can visit] is 90 days", she wrote. I remained in handcuffs and was escorted throughout the airport.

"[These were] things I got in order before expecting to be away for three months", wrote Hill.

"I stared at the walls for another four hours, then my possessions were finally returned and I was escorted by customs security into the aeroplane for my next 11-hour flight".

News.com.au has contacted US Customs and Border Protection for comment.

"It's been a surreal few days that's taken a big chunk of money, heartache and tears", she wrote of her experience, ending the post by cheekily asking any immigration lawyers to "hit her up".

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