Transgender inmates in Hong Kong are assigned to male or female wards according to identity documents rather than the agenda they identify with, an investigation into Hong Kong’s prison system has revealed.

Inmates are often subject to mistreatment and abuse from other inmates and prison officers. Mistreatment to transgender female inmates include solitary confinement, being denied hormones, forced to have their hair cut and to wear male clothing.

The report by the South China Morning Post highlights the plight of Filipina Navarro Luigi Recasa who was sentenced to two years in prison 2014. Recasa has not undergone a full sex change but has identified as female for 12 years, has fully formed breasts and takes hormones.  READ FULL