THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — While it is unclear exactly why the unnamed trans woman was beaten, or who beat her, it does, however, appear the beating occurred in Istanbul near an area where both residents and police have been targeting trans people for one reason or another, mostly it seems, over sex work issues.
A report in The Gay Star news is the only source of information on this incident. The victim’s name was not disclosed in the report, nor were the reasons for her beating.
Social Policies, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association in Turkey’s Rozerin Seap Kip has stated that the victim died on March 9th in a hospital four days after a severe beating.
Earlier news reports have stated police in the area in recent weeks have been harassing trans sex workers in the area, mainly for ‘providing space for sex work’. However, I do not see a connection between that to the victim’s death in the Gay Star report.
We are missing a lot of information as to the exact reason this woman is dead.
I’ve written about a number of trans women killed in Turkey during the past 9 months. The most recent occurred in December: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/?s=turkey
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