Five charged with murdering of a trans sex worker who tried to stop a robbery


Five suspects have been charged with murdering a transgender sex worker who was attempting to stop them stealing a vehicle of her client. Vanesa Campos, 36, was shot dead on the night of August 16 in Bois de Boulogne, a park in western Paris, prompting a massive backlash from the fellow sex workers and trans activists. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the French capital, holding white rose and signs that read: “Justice for Vanesa” and chanting: “Trans murder, the state is complicit” . Her colleagues heard her screaming from the woods but could do nothing to help, they are still shocked with such a cruelty. Campos’s friends said her death was the culmination of a long-running feud between thieves and sex workers in the area. There is widespread anger over a perceived lack of outrage from officials about trans murders, with the French union of sex workers (STRASS) saying in a statement that the police treats their deaths indifferently, like nothing happens.


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