18/02/2022 | Writer: Selma Koçak
Following press statement held by trans women in İHD, announcing the assault of the racketeering gang against them in Tarlabaşı, a gang member male, attacked a sex worker trans woman with a knife, even less than a day later.
Following the press statement held by trans women in the Human Rights Association (İHD) İstanbul Branch, a gang member male, attacked a sex worker trans woman with knife, on the night of the announcement.
While the woman, we cannot use her name for security reasons, was working in the street, suddenly the attacker, known as Bozok Kurt, approached behind and threatened the woman at first: “Didn’t I tell you not to come here!” he said. Then he injured the women with knife from her calf of left leg.
İHD İstanbul Branch LGBTİ+ Rights Commission made a statement after the attack: “Following our press statement about the racketeering gang who use violence against trans women and force them to charge a toll for being in the street, one the member of the same gang injured one of our applicants last night. We will follow about. None of the trans is alone.”
The attacked woman went to the police station and filed a complaint after her treatment.
What is going on in Tarlabaşı?
The Human Rights Association (İHD) İstanbul Branch LGBTİ+ Rights Commission held a press statement about racketeering, sexual violence and threats against trans women in Tarlabaşı, in the association, yesterday (February 15).
İHD Co-Chair and lawyer Eren Keskin told that managers of Bahriyeli Pub, which is 20 meters away from the police station in Tarlabaşı, racketeered trans women under the name of ‘street fee’, inflected sexual violence on them and threatened them.
Women, we are not using their names for security reasons, told their experiences as follows:
“There is such a huge pressure from state, police and club managers… A few days ago, one of those guys was about to stab my friend and neighborhood warden laughed away. We experienced such incidents we have no wish to live, this is really hard on us. They beat some of our friends, they racketeer some of others. Neither the state nor another institution is behind us. We have also problems with neighborhood wardens. We do not deserve any of this, we want to live freely in our own country. No one can subject us to pressure.”
CLICK- “No one has right to racketeer under the name of ‘street fee’!”
Tags: human rights, women