MEXICO CITY, August 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Betzy Ballesteros' brush with death came on a windy night in December, when a man in a black Chevy Suburban pulled up to the street corner in the Mexican city of Guadalajara where the sex worker was plying her trade. After agreeing on a price, she opened the car door and sat in the passenger seat. But the client turned to the 25-year-old transgender woman, said he preferred her friend and asked if she would switch places. "He was very polite," Ballesteros told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. "So I said 'no problem' and called my friend over." Flower Gonzalez, another transgender sex worker, slid into the vehicle, and the pair drove away. Gonzalez was found dead in an alley three hours later, in the early hours of Christmas Eve. She had been stabbed with an ice pick.
August 22 / Foundation News