Guandong province gets a jail just for AIDS victims

I’m not sure yet whether this is a good or bad thing. Apparently Guandong has agreed to designate special detention centers for convicts with AIDS.

According to the Southern Metropolitan News, this is necessitated by the fast-growing number of AIDS-afflicted prisoners — and the fact that their illness allows them to threaten other prisoners.

The move comes after several years of steady growth in the proportion of inmates suffering from Aids, the paper reported.

It quoted a lawmaker as saying Aids sufferers among the province’s prison population are “fearless” and carry “a trump card” in the form of their disease.

The lawmaker did not elaborate on the remarks, but he appeared to accuse Aids victims of intimidating fellow inmates by threatening to infect them.

All I’ll say for now is that it sounds very strange.

The Discussion: 2 Comments

Much more lurid stories can be found at:

as in the Shanghai Star:

A suspect identified as Tan told the police that some had deliberately contracted AIDS to scare off the police, and he himself was one such example. Tan used a syringe to extract blood from one HIV carrier in the ring and injected it into his own body.

June 7, 2004 @ 3:34 am | Comment

ESWN, thanks for that vivid reminder of just how crazy some people can be.

June 7, 2004 @ 9:49 pm | Comment

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