In Response to the Murder of Dora, NSWP Condemns the State Endorsed Denial of Human Rights of Sex Workers in Turkey
NSWP is saddened and angry at the news of the tragic death of Dora Özerin Turkey on the 9th of July. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
On Tuesday 9th July 2013, Dora, a transgender sex worker in Turkey was brutally murdered. Dora was stabbed by a person posing as a client in Kusadase, Aydin. This has left friends, activists and fellow workers saddened and angry. Dora’s death brings the number of reported murders of trans sex workers in Turkey in the last five years to 32. Levels of violence against sex workers is likely to be significantly under-reported due to the reluctance of sex workers to report violence in contexts where they are criminalised and face extreme stigma.
You can download this statement in a 3 page PDF in English below.