May 30, 2023

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Rodrigo Ventocilla: Controversial death of trans-Peruvian Harvard student after being detained by police in Bali.

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image source, Courtesy of Harvard University.


Rodrigo Ventocilla went to Bali for his honeymoon.

Rodrigo Ventocilla, a young Peruvian, died on August 11 in police custody on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali.

Ventocilla (32), a transgender activist and student at Harvard University in the US, was detained at Bali’s Denpasar-Nura airport on August 6.

According to a Bali police spokesperson, customs officials found suspicious items in his travel bag and arrested him for suspected drug possession.

He died five days later in hospital after police transferred him after he started vomiting, according to local media reports.