Turkey: Istanbul Becomes Magnet for Transgender Migration

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Yanki, a transvestite who moved from Gaziantep to Istanbul, smokes a nargileh in the Istanbul neighborhood of Tophane.

In the rundown Istanbul neighborhood of Tarlabasi, Yanki, Helen and Sechil struggle daily making a living as sex workers in Turkey's transgender community. Along with facing discrimination and possible violence, the three are in search, in many ways, of their own identities as well.

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Rena Effendi is a freelance photojournalist based in Baku.

Turkey: Istanbul Becomes Magnet for Transgender Migration

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