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Vanesa Campos:  Charged With Murdering Paris Transgender Prostitute

Five people have been charged in the French capital Paris with murdering a Peruvian transgender prostitute who reportedly tried to defend her client when robbers attacked his car. Vanesa Campos, 36, was shot dead on the night of 16-17 August in the Bois de Boulogne, a city park long known as a pick-up area for prostitutes.

About 10 men armed with knives, sticks and a handgun set upon her after she tried to stop them robbing his car, a police source was quoted.

The protesters who turned out on Friday carried placards demanding “Justice for Vanesa” but also accusing the French state of “complicity” in the murder of a transgender woman by driving prostitutes to take greater risks with their safety. Supporters of the 2016 law argued it increases safety by improving police protection for sex workers and helping foreign prostitutes to get temporary residence permits in France if they agreed to seek jobs outside prostitution.

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