Vanessa CamposAge 36
17 Aug 2018
Bois de Boulogne, Paris (France)
Stabbed and shot
Vanessa 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.
8 individuals were subsequently arrested. On 27th August, 5 of them were charged with murder.
Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans & Le Monde, 27.08.2018