Russia is a notoriously difficult place to be gay or transgender, but it's become a surprising refuge for LGBT people in Kyrgyzstan, who say life is far harder at home in Bishkek. Anna knew the internet was a dangerous place to meet clients. Transphobic hate gangs often scoured the list of sex workers advertising online, looking for their next victim among the faceless pseudonyms. "I was usually very good at distinguishing who was who, I honestly did not suspect this guy to be dangerous," Anna said, her hand nervously tugging on the skin around her neck, her eyes focused on an object beyond the horizon. Three weeks earlier, she says, she was kidnapped by two men posing as clients. They laced her beer with a sedative and then drove her deep into the Tian Shan mountain range that towers over Kyrgyzstan's capital city, Bishkek.
April 10 / BBC