A question about visiting places like Cuba or China. Not for myself, I doubt I’ll ever save enough money to get out travel to other countries, and even if I could, I very seriously doubt I’d go to either of these countries, but out of curiosity, I have a couple of questions.
Of course, the answers will vary depending on which country your talking about, but this is for anyone who knows about, or has traveled to a country that’s not known for human rights and/or a fair and just legal system (China, Cuba, some of the more hard-core Islamic countries…)
How easy or hard is it to get arrested? For example, are you fine just as long as you don’t bad mouth the government, or do people get arrested for things that were never illegal in their country? Lots of people visit these countries and even set up businesses there, so I guess there isn’t too much worry that they’ll get arrested, but I assume that you’ll want to read up on their laws very carefully before going?
Are people arrested in these countries treated the same, better, or worse than the citizens of that country? For example, if an American, or British tourist gets arrested in China, will concerns about diplomatic relations with America or Britain cause China to give a lighter jail sentence, or, once you’re arrested, you’re pretty much screwed?
Does bribery go a long way in all or most of these countries? For example, I’ve heard that if you’re arrested in Mexico, if you can pay off the Federales, you’re off the hook.
It might sound like I’m lumping all of these countries together, but what I’m looking for is a responce like
“As far a Cuba goes, the answer to point number 1 is…”
or something like that.