Over the past few days we've focused on several instances of abuse against women in Latin America in commemoration of the recent International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. On Monday we will discuss several news stories from the Americas focusing on HIV/AIDS in observance of World AIDS Day this past Saturday. The following story from Colombia is a tragic confluence of these two subjects.
Police in Bogotá this weekend arrested a 57-year-old truck driver accused of infecting approximately fifty of women with HIV. According to the EFE news agency police believe that José Libardo Rojas "seduced" dozens of women in five states even though he knew he was infected with HIV.
Rojas, who had an arrest warrant issued against him for alleged child abuse, was detained in very ill health and subsequently sent to a hospital while under police custody.
Over 7000 new cases of AIDS have been reported in Colombia in 2011 based on government data released on World AIDS Day.
Video Source - YouTube via user InfoColombia
Online Sources - Univision.com, Vivelo Hoy