A Melbourne woman has spoken of how she ended up in jail during a romantic trip to Hawaii with her American boyfriend because of what she wrote in her diary.
Molly Hill, 26, visited Honolulu early last week with her new love Ross Maidl, only to end up being stripped searched and jailed on her birthday.
She has described the ordeal of her Hawaiian dream turning into a nightmare, after American immigration officials in the Pacific Ocean state read her diary.
Molly Hill was visiting the United States on an 88-day tourist visa on a fully-paid trip
The Australian tourist has told of how her diary entry led to a night if a federal prison in Hawaii
Molly Hill’s diary had somehow convinced U.S. immigration officials she was planning to stay for more than three months
‘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 three months,’ she wrote on Facebook.
Ms Hill left Australia for Honolulu on Monday on a 88-day tourist visa on a fully-paid trip.
But after being taken into an interview room, she was handcuffed and locked up in a federal prison.
‘I was told there were no more flights to Australia that day and I would have to spend the night at the detention centre, which the officer described as “like jail but you can’t make any phone calls”,’ she said.
The Melbourne woman has described being strip searched after being detained in Hawaii
The 26-year-old woman on an 88-day tourist visa had written notes in her diary after going away drinks
‘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.’
After two hours behind bars, Ms Hill was told to remove all her jewellery and list her tattoos to ensure they weren’t gang related.
She spent the night in jail, before spending her birthday in handcuffs being escorted to the airport for an 11-hour flight.
‘I remained in handcuffs and was escorted throughout the airport. Then I was finally allowed to call home, and had to pay $620 for a flight to Sydney,’ she said.
‘It’s been a surreal few days that’s taken a big chunk of money, heartache and tears.’
Molly Hill has described her Hawaii experience as something that took away ‘a big chunk of money, heartache and tears’
Molly Hill hugs her American boyfriend Ross Maidl after arriving at Melbourne airport
The Melbourne woman said the experience has left her $2,000 out of pocket for nothing
She has called on the media to write a piece against U.S. President Donald Trump.
‘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,’ she said.
Her boyfriend greeted her at Melbourne International Airport on Saturday, with the whole ordeal costing her $2,000.
Ms Hill’s ordeal comes only weeks after Canberra-raised personal trainer Baxter Reid was detained in upstate New York after overstaying his U.S. visa by 90 minutes.
The former Fitness First trainer, who worked in Canberra and Sydney, had visited the U.S.-Canada border in late April so he could fulfil visa requirements to leave the U.S. every six months.
It was almost another two weeks before the 26-year-old man was released from a Buffalo detention centre.