Some people will do just about anything to preserve their freedom. And I mean anything. In hindsight, these actions don’t always seem to make sense. But I’m sure when you are a wanted fugitive by the Mexican police, desperation trumps rational behavior.
Last week, federal prosecutors in Mexico City announced that they arrested Aaron Vera Morales on fraud charges. However, this was not your ordinary fraud case, nor was it your ordinary man hunt. That is, if you can even call it a “man” hunt.
According to the Mexico City attorney general’s office, Morales had plastic surgery to make him look like a woman in order to avoid being captured by the police. That’s right. Some people get a facelift or dye their hair. Some people even grow a burly beard in order to change their appearance. But that wasn’t enough for Aaron Vera Morales. He was going to make sure there was no way that police would ever recognize him. If Mexican authorities were looking for a man, well then why not become a woman?
I suppose that when you’re terrified about spending time behind bars, it might seem worth pushing the boundaries of disguise as far as possible, and there is no greater disguise than looking like a member of the opposite sex. Except there was one small problem with Aaron Vera Morales’ plan – he got caught!
Does anyone else find this as funny as I do? I guess he should have gone to a better plastic surgeon. I’m sure his new appearance will be a hit in jail. All the other inmates will be hooting and hollering at him. If anyone needs to be careful about dropping the soap in the shower, it’s Aaron Vera Morales.
I wonder whether he’ll be placed in a male prison or a female prison. Authorities were not sure whether he actually went as far as getting a sex change operation or just got plastic surgery to look like a woman. I feel bad for the lucky guard who gets the job of figuring that out.
A Gender Bending Transformation
I dug as hard as I could to find out what Morales did to change his appearance like this. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information about the plastic surgery procedures involved in this gender bending transformation. But that’s OK. It’s more fun to speculate anyway.
I’m sure he got breast augmentation. That’s kind of an essential procedure if you are trying to make a man look like a woman. But he also had to tweak his face to make it look more feminine. He’s only 33, so a full facelift would be a bit much. I think a few more subtle alterations would be more effective. Like these:
- Cheek implants to give him sultry, feminine cheek bones
- Lip augmentation for that pouty Angelina Jolie look
- Latisse for luscious, long eye lashes befitting a woman on the run
- Laser hair removal so that he doesn’t look like the bearded lady
- A nose job for a more tapered, feminine facial contour
Jeez, this could start getting expensive. When you consider the fact that he only stole about $200,000 from the government, all of this surgery probably came close to eating up all of his “on the lam” funds. Plus, I’m sure the plastic surgeon found it a bit odd that a man would go to such lengths to look like a woman. Morales wasn’t exactly keeping a low profile.
When he was finally captured, Morales was carrying identification that indicated he was a woman. Interestingly, he won’t face any charges regarding the false ID since Mexican law allows people to legally change their gender identity. I guess he picked the right country to pull a “Tootsie.”
Was it Worth the Risk?
Obviously, hindsight is 20/20 and in this case, it clearly was not worth the risk. After all, he still got caught, despite the extreme measures taken to avoid arrest.
But let’s look at this from a different perspective. While I don’t know the criminal laws that apply in Mexico, I do know that Morales wasn’t exactly wanted for murder. He was charged with defrauding a government health agency on a sound system contract. And this fraud only netted him $200,000.
I can’t imagine he’d face all that much jail time for his crimes. A few years maybe? But it’s doubtful he’d be spending the bulk of his adult life behind bars. Under these circumstances, I would think that getting plastic surgery to look like a woman is a bit extreme. Maybe a facelift, but not the gender bender procedure. If I were Morales, I’d want all my equipment intact for when I got out of jail. After all, he should be out in time to spend decades on the dating circuit.
But after spending several years behind bars, it’ll probably be difficult to find a lucky lady to help relieve his dreaded semen buildup now that he looks like this: