Trans Sex Workers in Turkey: Oya’s StoryOn October 10, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
17th of December is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers As a sex worker trans woman, I would like to say NO! to violence. Sex workers in Turkey and around the world are trying to survive in the midst of violence. Stigmatization, marginalization, social exclusion, discrimination, violence and murders are among the daily experiences of sex workers. Sex workers face threats, sexual assault, extortion, physical assault and murder. Neither society nor the authorities take measures against it. Sex workers are left to die. Sex workers are exposed to mistreatment and torture by police on the streets, they are pushed onto the streets and into the heart of the violence due to the arbitrary fines imposed on them. Police set the gangs on sex workers. The houses of sex workers are being raided and sealed. Sex workers pushed to work on the streets experience all kinds of violence from clients, police and gangs. Almost every day, “operations against prostitution” are held, sex workers are being exposed on the media, and they are being subjected to mandatory HIV tests. On top of that, they are lynched by the lawsuits taken against them. In addition, it is unclear what will happen in the future with regards to the Turkish “State of Emergency”. Do not forget that all kinds of violence against sex workers are against society itself. You cannot kill me simply because I’m a sex worker. Sex workers’ rights are human rights.