Aceh forbade trans women to work in hair salons

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Aceh – the only province in Indonesia to rule with Islamic Sharia Law – decided to leave the local waria (transgender women) without the main legal source of income for them – working in the beauty salons.
The district of Aceh Bersa, which includes the local capital Banda Aceh, issued the ordered on Friday 9 February stating that the beauty business owners who are waria or employ them are to face legal punishment.‘The circular is true, and soon we will meet with all district heads to pull together data on salons in Aceh Besar,’ said Aceh Besar chief, Ali Mawardi, ‘If we find that [a salon] employs waria, we will pull its permit.’ Mawardi also told Kumparan that his local government prohibited any actions or behaviors that contravened the province’s Sharia Law. He included being LGBTI as an illegal activity in Aceh.

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