The pair, both aged 20, were found to have 11kg of cocaine in their luggage and insist that they only did this because they were forced at gunpoint to travel with the drugs and that their families lives were in serious danger if they refused.
The only fact that any of us can be sure of at this moment is that only these girls - Melissa Reid and Michaella McCollum - know the true circum-stances in which they found themselves in Peru.
Some pictures have emerged from their social media accounts showing them in skimpy outfits and drinking alcohol while working abroad.
So-called friends have come out of the woodwork to sell their stories to the press, telling tales of the girls' wild behaviour in Ibiza. So, therefore, it is implied, they must be guilty - because everyone else who goes to Ibiza checks into the first convent they can find and enjoys a full week of fasting and prayer right?
I experienced what can only be described as a jaw dropping moment yesterday afternoon when browsing through one publication's readers' comments online.
On seeing the picture of both the girls being paraded in front of the world's media in Lima one woman said: "Does anyone know where the dark-haired one got her jacket?"
She got many responses and later said: "Oh thanks everyone for your help, found it and bought it online, yay!" My heart sank when reading it.
If these girls are guilty then they should absolutely pay the price for their crimes.
Only time will tell if they are guilty or innocent.
But all young people travelling or living away from home, perhaps for the first time, should take serious lessons from what has happened to this pair.
Not everyone you meet is what they seem, and can't be trusted to have your best interests at heart.