Is Brunei’s Shariah Threat Real?

In 1997, Shannon Marketic, a former Miss USA who was somewhat down on her luck accepted an offer to go to the Sultanate of Brunei in exchange for US$3,000 a day to do some modeling and promotional work. What happened after that, she alleged, had little to do with modeling and promotional work and a lot to do with being groped and sexually harassed at the palace of the tiny, oil-steeped sultanate. She charged that she had been held against her will for 32 days while being gassed and sexually molested.

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