The Ladyboys Of Arabia

Oct 25 2012 @ 9:26am

Sulome Anderson explores the risks that transgender sex workers in United Arab Emirates face:

Mya says that on April 28, 2010, the second time she went to Dubai to work, she was caught by undercover police who pretended to be clients. According to Mya, she was released in August, after spending three months in solitary confinement at Al Awir, a men's prison in Dubai.

"They really treated me like a dog or an animal," she says. "There are a lot of big criminals — drug dealers, things like that. Those big criminals were allowed to pay to come to my cell. The guard would open the gate and let them enter my cell and rape me whenever they wanted." Her tone is matter-of-fact, as if she were discussing what she had for breakfast.