A former Bachelor star has issued a chilling warning to travellers after being drugged in a bar in the Caribbean over the weekend.
Monique Morley, who appeared on Matt Agnew’s season of the show in 2019, has revealed she was left ‘practically paralysed’ after going for a drink with a friend in a bar.
Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle, Monique said: “I’m with a girlfriend in the Caribbean and we went out for drinks in a local bar at lunchtime. The place was nothing fancy, and we were two of the only people there and this local guy was like, ‘Hey I need to get in front of you’.
“It was super weird because the place was empty. I assumed he was just going to a small fridge near the wall. I turned to the side to look at the ocean on the verandah and he shuffled past for a second and then shuffled back again.
“My drink had only just been served and when I turned back to drink it, I started to feel really weird – mostly in my legs. I asked my girlfriend if she felt the same and she said no.
“I said, ‘Hey I think my drink has been spiked’. She asked how, as we were the only people there, but it must have been that guy. The drink was only left unattended for five seconds.”
Monique, who has over 52,000 followers on Instagram, said that’s when things started to get scary.
“Everything then started going dizzy so I asked her to take me home and for her to drive. We had to keep stopping so I could throw up, my whole body felt weird and I couldn’t hardly feel my legs,” she said.
The 30-year-old said when she got home she felt “practically paralysed and was violently sick for hours”.
“I’m not sure why I was targeted. Maybe for my handbag and phone, I’m not sure. It’s just lucky I figured it out early,” she said.
While Monique managed to escape the dangerous situation, she issued a warning to others who are intending to travel overseas.
“With holidays approaching, please can everyone be so so careful when out, especially when travelling and overseas,” she said.
“Watch your drinks and always have someone you trust around you. You should always listen to your gut too and remove yourself from situations you don’t feel comfortable in.”
In her most recent Instagram post, Monique's followers rallied around the fashion designer.
"You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice," she wrote.
When asked by one of her followers how she's doing now, Monique replied: "Honestly. It’s the scariest thing but you can’t let the what if stop you. I have panics all the time but meditate myself out of it eventually. You’re stronger than you think."
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