TDoR 2018 / 2018 / August / 17 / Vanesa Campos

Vanesa Campos

Age 36

17 Aug 2018
Bois de Boulogne, Paris (France)
Stabbed and shot

TDoR list ref: tgeu/17-Aug-2018/Vanessa Campos

Vanesa Campos
Vanesa Campos [photo:]

Vanesa was killed in the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris on the night of 16th/17th August while trying to prevent a gang of men from robbing her client.

She was found "naked, stabbed, with a bleeding wound in the chest".

7 to 8 men attacked her. This follows other previous attacks. It would probably be a gang of men who regularly assault sex workers and their clients to steal from them. This band phenomenon targeting female sex workers is currently developing throughout the Ile de France region. Those who try to organize themselves to defend themselves and chase them are then attacked separately.

Today we mourn this loss and feel as usual abandoned. The murders of trans women sex workers are not rare. This is a recurring phenomenon and we regularly try to alert public opinion and the authorities to this violence. Unfortunately as always, we find ourselves alone.

Why does the life of trans women migrant sex workers matter so little? Why are our deaths treated only as news? Why are journalists so ignorant or so disrespectful that they say "a transvestite prostitute" is dead and continue to begrudge me into death? Does not the life of a bitch count?

We have in us this strange impression that our dead do not arouse any emotion. For us, there is never national mourning. There is never an official commemoration. The political class remains silent. Once the sensationalist press articles are over, it's the return to silence, and we have to go back to work with fear, waiting to be next.

Nine individuals were subsequently arrested in connection with her death. In January 2022 Mahmoud Kadri, 24, Karim Ibrahim, 29 and Aymen Dib, 25, went on trial for murder.

Vanesa Campos, a 36-year-old trans [sex worker] was shot in the chest on the night of August 16-17, 2018 in the Boulogne forest, a place that is known for the presence of sex workers.

To protect herself from the vandals, Vanesa Campos had hired a bodyguard. However this was not sufficient a measure against this gang since they arrived armed with tear gas canisters, a knife and an electric pistol.

Days before, a firearm had been stolen from a policeman's vehicle while en he was with another sex worker and would be used to commit the crime.

One of the shots fired fatally wounded Vanesa Campos. The prosecution considers Mahmoud Kadri, 24, to be the author of the fatal shot. Karim Ibrahim, 29, and Aymen Dib, 25, are also charged with participating; hitting and stabbing her, respectively.

In late January 2022 Mahmoud Kadri and Karim Ibrahim were sentenced to 22 years in prison for her murder. Six other defendents were sentenced to between 3 and 6 years.

French justice sentenced two Egyptians to 22 years in prison this Saturday for the 2018 death of Vanesa Campos, a trans-Peruvian sex worker, on the outskirts of Paris.

The sentences pronounced by the Paris criminal chamber against Mahmoud Kadri and Karim Ibrahim , for "homicide in an organized gang", are higher than those requested by the prosecution, of 20 and 15 years. Six other defendants for the same act were sentenced to three to six years in prison.

Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans & Le Monde, 27.08.2018

Report added: 1 Sep 2018. Last updated: 30 Mar 2022

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