Peruvian trans man dies in Bali police custody + more top stories | WTF SEA + HK | September 1, 2022

Rodrigo Ventosilla touched down in Bali in early August for a honeymoon with his new husband Sebastian Marallano. The Peruvian couple’s trip immediately turned into a nightmare when police arrested Rodrigo after finding cannabis-derived products in his luggage. Rodrigo soon died in police custody, prompting his family to accuse Bali authorities of arbitrarily detaining him on the grounds of transphobia and racial discrimination.

Coconuts Bali’s Amahl Azwar has been relentlessly pursuing this story for weeks in order to get to the truth. We caught up with him in this week’s podcast to get an update and his insights into this major case. Tune in!

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