Justice for Transgender Sex Worker Mutilated and Burned Alive

Target: Hadi Salihoglu, Chief Public Prosecutor of Istanbul

 Goal: Demand the maximum penalty for the person who mutilated and burned a transgender sex worker alive.

A transgender sex worker was found mutilated and burned alive. Her death comes just two weeks after a gay man was decapitated in the same area of Istanbul. Demand the maximum penalty in this case.

Hande Kader was last seen getting into a client’s car. The body of the 22-year-old sex worker was found a week later, mutilated and burned so badly that she could only be identified by her prosthetics. Kader was a known activist for LGBT rights and participated in high-profile political demonstrations. She is the second victim in what may be a series of attacks targeting the LGBT community.

Crimes specifically targeting members of the LGBT community are hate crimes and should be prosecuted as such. Sign below and demand the maximum penalty in this case.


Dear Prosecutor Salihoglu,

The mutilated body of a transgender sex worker was discovered in the Zekeriyakoy neighborhood of Istanbul. This is the second recent attack on a member of the LGBT community in this area. We demand that you seek the maximum penalty in this case.

Hande Kader suffered burns throughout her body, indicating that she’d been burned alive. A gay man was beheaded in the same neighborhood only two weeks before her death. While there is no definite link between these cases, homophobia is a widespread problem in Istanbul and the possibility must be considered.

Kader was a strong advocate for LGBT rights. Support her cause and recommend the maximum penalty in this case.


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  1. Gillian Miller says:

    As Turkey becomes more extreme more of these abuses will happen and there will be no punishment as Muslims do this on a regular basis.

  2. How shameful! How disgusting! All crimes deserve equal justice!

  3. Maria Mahyorova says:

    For medieval countries there must be NO airplanes, NO computers, NO cell phones, NO way to global markets! You want 14th centuey back? Ok, no antibiotics yet. No firearms. Come on, die clean from civilization.

  4. Gen Agustsson says:

    sex itself is not work. sex industry is slavery and its wrongful. trans sex slaves were killed for a bogus reason and its wrongful. end sex slavery now! end killings of trans people now!

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