LGBTI inmates tell stories of maltreatment in Turkish prisons

özel ihtiyaçları olan mahpuslar / prisoners with special needs

rosidaRosida Koyuncu (photo: Zeynep Alpar, May 22, 2015)

A recently published book has revealed tortures and pressures LGBT inmates face in Turkey.

In his book “Volta Çark,” Rosida Koyuncu interviewed with 17 inmates about their life in prison as members of the LGBT community in Turkey, daily Milliyet reported. A transsexual woman, named Burçak, explains in the book that she had to quit her job as lawyer due to the pressure from society, after which she became a sex worker.

“There is pressure, psychological torture and isolation in prison. I stayed in different prisons for seven years. I attempted to commit suicide but I did not die,” said Burçak.

Avşa, another LGBT member, said he was raped by a prison guard in Giresun Prison. She was sent to Tokat while the guard was sentenced to jail. She was sent to different prisons in Niğde, Gümüşhane and Bafra.

Hazal, a transsexual…

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