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Carolina: Fighting for her right to work and to eat

CASE STUDY

Carolina: Fighting for her right to work and to eat

FairTrialsAdmin - June 30, 2020

On May 3, days before the Bogota City Hall withdrew the Pico y Genero measure in the city, Carolina, a trans woman from the Santa Fé neighbourhood, was the victim of police violence. Carolina says that after she and her companions rudely responded to the police, several officers "beat me up, scampered me to 22nd Street, and it was worse there." Once on this street, Carolina claims that several police officers beat her, electrocuted her, and kicked her.

After this, they put her on a police patrol and took her to a CAI, Immediate Action Command, on Calle 24. At CAI they gave her a summons and released her four hours later.

The police officers repeated several times that they had assaulted her that way to “teach her a lesson”, and they assured her that they did not care about the videos recording the aggression.

Sex workers go out to work because no aid has come from the District, and they need to find their daily livelihood. At this time, there is no protocol for female sex workers in the Santa Fé neighbourhood. 

Red Comunitaria Trans developed a campaign to create an emergency fund for transgender sex workers in Santa Fe. See the video with English subtitles to learn more about this initiative. The Red Comunitaria and transgender people also call to march on July 3rd against police violence, arbitrary arrests, and impunity.

 

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