Transgender woman in Cameroon describes ‘hell’ of five months in prison

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07/18/2021

The five months that two transgender women in Cameroon spent in prison were “hell”, one of them told Reuters on Friday after they were released, describing how they were initially forced to sleep with chains around their legs. Shakiro and Patricia left Douala’s main prison in a taxi after a judge ordered them freed until a court could hear an appeal of their five-year sentences. They were arrested on Feb. 8 for wearing women’s clothing in a restaurant and convicted of “attempted homosexuality,” public indecency and failing to carry identification.

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