Prostitution at the Bois de Boulogne (illustration). - V. WARTNER / 20 MINUTES

A transgender sex worker was fatally hit by a car in the Bois de Boulogne on the night of Thursday to Friday. According to the first elements of the investigation, this act is voluntary. An investigation was therefore opened by the head of intentional homicide, entrusted to the 1st district of the Parisian judicial police (1st DPJ), said the Paris prosecutor's office Friday evening.

A year and a half after the murder of Vanesa Campos

The drama took place around 2:30 am, according to the police source, confirming information from the Parisian . Two witnesses explained to the investigators that a Renault Clio with three people on board voluntarily darkened to pace with the victim who was on the Allée de la Reine-Marguerite, before fleeing. Despite the intervention of the emergency services, the victim died on the spot.

This death comes a year and a half after the death of another Peruvian transgender prostitute, Vanesa Campos, shot dead in August 2018, already in the Bois de Boulogne. According to the Acceptess-T association, the victim was called Jessyca Sarmiento, was "a Peruvian trans woman, who came to France last year". "It was first followed by an abolitionist prostitution association, which had failed to ensure its care," said Acceptess-T to which Jessyca Sarmiento then turned.

The law of 2016 pointed to

“Last month, she had started to participate in our French lessons, she was studious, applied, and generous, bringing to each session the meal for her comrades. It was the driving force behind the group, according to his teacher, ”says the association, which contacted his family in Peru. Thirty transgender sex workers, including a majority of Peruvian women, gathered Friday after 11:00 p.m. on the scene of the drama around an altar formed by multiple candles, red and white roses and portraits of Jessyca Sarmiento.

According to the association, the 2016 prostitution law, which penalizes the client, is responsible for the increase in violence against sex workers by forcing them to work in remote areas away from police checks. In 2018, "black year" according to the annual report of SOS Homophobia, 231 physical assaults against LGBT people (lesbians, gays, bis, trans) were identified.


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