With few employment alternatives obtainable to them, many transgender ladies in Honduras — rejected by their households, the church and society at giant — flip to prostitution. They hit the streets each night time, the place they’re uncovered to deprave law enforcement officials and violent purchasers, say activists in addition to present and former intercourse employees.
Krishna Flores, 24, a transgender intercourse employee in Tegucigalpa, the capital, stated she had been assaulted twice this 12 months. Law enforcement officials reduce off her hair, burned her make-up and purse and lobbed tear gasoline at her. Lastly, she stated, she ran right into a stranger’s dwelling for security.
“The reality is,” Ms. Flores stated, “right here in Honduras, the place we’re, there’s quite a lot of violence towards trans individuals. From the police, or individuals who search us out to have relations with us, individuals who don’t need to pay us. And typically it’s the navy. They scream horrible issues at us.”
Ms. Flores stated it is not uncommon to have rocks, luggage of water, rags and eggs thrown at her from transferring automobiles. She is informed that she is a humiliation to society. In January, officers yanked on her hair extensions and shaved her head.
“It was traumatic,” Ms. Flores stated.