Vanessa Goosen, a former Miss SA finalist, served 16 years in Lard Yao Prison in Thailand. She was arrested in 1994 with 2.7kg heroin in her possession and was sentenced to 35 years.
Janice Linden, 35, was executed by lethal injection in China in December. She was arrested in Guangzhou in 2008 after she was caught with 3kg of tik in her luggage at an airport.
Days later, Promise Mpala, 26, was arrested in Mozambique for carrying drugs when she entered the country at Maputo International Airport on Christmas Eve.
In the same week, Fikile Happy-girl Nene, 38, was arrested at Lagos International Airport as she tried to board a flight to Malaysia. Nene had allegedly swallowed 700g of packaged tik.
Last year, Sheryl Cwele was found guilty in SA of drug trafficking and sentenced to 12 years in prison. She is appealing her sentence.