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Transgender Sex Workers in UAE (Harrowing post)

Old Oct 20th 2012, 2:24 pm
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Default Transgender Sex Workers in UAE (Harrowing post)

Got this link from twitter.

Ladyboys in the Gulf

It's a real harrowing tale of what happens to the many (we've all seen them) trannies in the UAE.

Mentions Sally Camatoy, who was featured in the Israeli indie film Paper Dolls, and was found bludgeoned to death in Dubai in 2007. Guess what, no one was arrested... (I can't recall that incident btw).

"Most of my customers are Westerners, but Emiratis pay more money," says Abdullah, an Emirati transgender sex worker who lives in Dubai. The clients are rarely punished if they are caught, according to Abdullah, and if they are, they usually just have to pay a fine.

Pardis Mahdavi, a professor of anthropology at Pomona College and author of the book Gridlock: Labor, Migration, and Human Trafficking in Dubai, says there's a thriving market for sex workers of all types in the UAE. "There's a sort of hierarchy of demand, and it tends to be very correlated with race," she says. "Iranian women, Moroccan women, Russian women -- they're sort of at the top of the food chain there. They get paid the most.… Then you have the darker-skinned women, Indian, Pakistanis, and Southeast Asians, who form the middle class of sex workers. The lower classes tend to be from sub-Saharan Africa."
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"The head of the police took me into another room," she says. "That's where it happened. Then all of us were put in a room together and forced to get naked, and they took pictures".

Turning a blind eye is one thing, getting raped, whether physically or metaphorically off the chief of police is something entirely different.
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Old Oct 22nd 2012, 9:42 am
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The article states the UAE outlaws homosexuality and forbids gay foreigners from entering.

So how did George Michael and Elton John get in??

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