China’s transgender sex workers ‘marginalized and vulnerable’

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Xiao Tong was selling sex on the streets of Beijing when a man lured her into his car, flashed his police badge and took her to the station. Then he kicked me, really, he really kicked me.” Transgender sex workers like Xiao are among the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in China, according to a report by Asia Catalyst, a non-governmental organization which focuses on health and human rights in China and Southeast Asia. Social stigma and workplace discrimination drive many transgender women, who were born male, away from their friends, families and hometowns and into sex work, leaving them vulnerable to HIV and abuse from police. Being transgender in China is not illegal.
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