A transgender sex worker was fatally hit by a car in the Bois de Boulogne on the night of Thursday to Friday, a voluntary act according to the first elements of the investigation, we learned from a source close to the investigation. The drama took place around 2:30 am, according to the police source, confirming information from the Parisian. vTwo witnesses explained to investigators that a Renault Clio with three people on board voluntarily rushed to live at full speed on the victim who was on the Allée de la Reine-Marguerite, before fleeing. Despite the intervention of the emergency services, the victim died on the spot. The 1st judicial police district of Paris is in charge of the investigation.
The association for the defense of the rights of trans people Acceptess-T organized a vigil on Friday evening at 11:00 p.m. at the scene of the tragedy. According to a press release from the association, the victim was called Jessyca Sarmiento, was “a Peruvian trans woman who came to France last year“. “It had been followed for the first time by an abolitionist association of prostitution, which had failed to ensure its care“, Tells the association Acceptess-T to which Jessyca Sarmiento then turned. “Last month, she had started to participate in our French lessons, she was studious, applied, and generous, bringing to each session the meal for her comrades. It was “the driving force of the group” according to his teacher“, Testifies the association which contacted its family in Peru.
“I was shocked to learn that Jessica, a trans woman, was killed last night by a car. The investigation should shed light on this tragedy in order to find those responsible. My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the victim ”, reacted the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, on Twitter.
This death comes a year and a half after the death of another Peruvian transgender prostitute, Vanesa Campos, shot dead in August 2018, already in the Bois de Boulogne. In 2018, “dark year»According to the annual report of SOS Homophobia, 231 physical assaults against LGBT people (lesbians, gays, bis, trans) were identified.