Erina / Malaysia
“My name is Erina, I am 36 years old and I am Transgender women. I come from east Malaysia. i come to Kuala Lumpur in 1977. I don’t have any qualification and I have to do sex workers. In east Malaysia customer don’t like Transgenders sex workes. Most of them run to Kuala Lumpur because east Malaysia are gangsters they like to beat up transgender women.
The First time my experience arrested by police in Kuala Lumpur, I stay in lock up for 2 weeks I was raped by the Inmates. I Told the police about my case but the police didn’t anything.
For my family being a Transwoman is wrong in Islam, my second brother always beat me up and cut my hair 2 times and also he burn my clothes. I run away from home town because my family cannot accept me.
I Follow my friends and Work at ChokKit KL one days I was arrested by police again this is second time I was arrested. 12 at night I was doing outreach at Chowkit but didn’t notice they there was a police raid. A police man knock my car window and as me for my I/C. I show my I/C but the police says this is male I/C and then they bring me the police station. They hand cuffed me. The police Allowed me to call 2 person. The police was cursing me.
They send me to religious authority. The religious authority ask me to change my clothes in Front of them. Syariah Law charge rm1000 for trans woman who is waring women’s clothes.”