Daniella Villasana, USa
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A light inside
In Peru, a country characterised by a highly machisto, conservative and religious culture, transgender women are extremely marginalised and discriminated by society. Persecution begins early at school and home, causing them to abandon their studies and families. With few options or economic support, many fall into prostitution.
As sex workers they are highly vulnerable to disease, violence from partners and police and sexual and substance abuse. They are sequestered in hostile environments with few avenues for upward mobility.
Without legal protections or recognition, most cases of violence and these human rights violations remain hidden.
Latin America accounts for 80 % of transgender homicides worldwide.
- Daniella Villasana