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Indonesia’s Police Chief Investigates Transgender Raids

Expand Indonesia’s National Police chief, Gen. Tito Karnavian, at police headquarters in Jakarta, October 17, 2016.  © 2016 Reuters Indonesia’s police chief General Tito Karnavian has ordered his provincial head in Aceh province to question a subordinate about raids his forces conducted over the weekend on beauty parlors where transgender women worked. On January 27, police and Sharia (Islamic law) police jointly raided five hair salons that employed waria, or transgender women, arresting a dozen clients and employees, forcing them to strip off their shirts and cut their hair in public, and…

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