San Pedro Prison
I read your article and found it very interesting. I've also read the book Marching Powder.
While I understand your frustration and anger at the situation in Bolivia, it seems strange that you are so upset at the tourists, who are really only there seeking a travel experience. When they come to the prison for tours, yes the officials get money but so do the inmates and their families. In fact the only reason the tourists were allowed a camera inside is because the corrupt officals realised they can charge more money.
You talk about the contempt and lack of respect some of the tourists have for the Bolivian people. While this is true, many of them do have respect, and in the case of Rusty Young, he has a good heart and is genuinely concerned for the prisoners and the welfare of the Bolivian people.
But what I find ironic is that the Bolivian officals themselves through their massive corruption and greed are the ones who show the least respect for the country and the people. Even more shocking is that these same officials are fully aware of the production of cocaine in the prison and are profiting from it. In other words they have no respect for the law, are dealing in drugs, and are engaged in the very same criminal activity for which they imprison people.
Is this not a far greater problem than a handful of disrespectful tourists. Where is your outrage at this?
As someone once said there is no greater disaster than greed. And in a country where corruption is rampant from the ground up, no wonder the Bolivian people suffer so much and have massive social problems.