Michaella McCollum Connolly’s family are trying to raise cash to visit her, although her continued detention has left them paying a high price.
That is according to her lawyer Peter Madden, who spoke about the expense which her family have been left to bear.
Flights to Peru, and the fact prisoners’ loved ones end up shelling out cash to ensure decent living conditions, are all adding up.
Asked how much the whole affair is costing her family, Mr Madden said: “It’s costing them quite a bit of money.
“Even for them to travel over there, the flights alone are very expensive, and really up to now it’s only the brother has been to see her. Her mother hasn’t seen her yet.”
Asked if the rest of the family were due to go out, he said: “I think it’s a question of funding really. It’s difficult. It’s very expensive. They’re certainly trying to get money together to do that.
“Certainly her mother would be very anxious to see her... I think the family just want to wait and see if anything happens on Tuesday to change the position.”
The Peruvian legal system is very different from that of the UK, and a judge apparently conducts much of the investigation himself.
Ms McCollum Connolly, 20 and from Dungannon, is due to be questioned by a judge on Tuesday. By then, it is expected she will have decided whether to effectively plead guilty or not guilty to drug smuggling.
She and her co-accused, Melissa Reid, also 20, from Glasgow, maintain they were acting under duress when caught with cocaine in their luggage. But, whatever the decision, she could be in Peru for years.
In terms of day-to-day expenses, Mr Madden said Ms McCollum Connolly’s family pay for food, clothes, and other items which might be taken for granted elsewhere in the world.
“There’s like a sort of a shop within the prison where they can buy personal stuff, shampoos and stuff like that,” he said.
“None of it is provided by the prison authorities, so her family have to provide all that.”
Inmates who have no money or family “have to try and make do with the charity of other prisoners or people who come in to visit them”.
But they would not starve, since religious charities feed those who have nothing.
The pair are being held in Virgen de Fatima jail in Peruvian capital Lima, where they are said to be well-treated by guards and other prisoners.
Mr Madden also had this message for those who might feel little sympathy for Ms McCollum Connolly’s predicament: “I think it’s very difficult to make any decision about it unless you’re in that position; unless you’re inthe same position as she was.”