There is an incredible story out of Pakistan concerning the plight of what are called “eunuchs” in that country. The term is used broadly to refer to transsexuals, transvestites, or hermaphrodites. These marginalized individuals are forced to live in colonies and become prostitutes in a country that shuns and abuses them.
The story of Shazia is particularly horrific, including a forced castration in one of these camps.
Given the status of women in Pakistan, it is hard to be hopeful for these individuals in receiving protection and rights. However, media coverage is the key to such awareness and this article is an excellent, if disturbing, insight into their plight.
For the full story, click here.