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Rafaela da Silva Neto

Age 42

25 Nov 2015
São Paulo (Brazil)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/25-Nov-2015/Rafaela da Silva Neto

Rafaela da Silva Neto
Rafaela da Silva Neto [photo:]

Rafaela was killed by a client. Her body was found in a hotel room with a deep cut to her throat.

A crime involving a man and a [trans woman] ended in tragedy in a hotel in eastern São Paulo. According to the report, the criminal coldly killed the call girl and then fled the scene as if nothing had happened. The hotel is on a commercial avenue and is frequented by [trans women], including [deadname], who is better known in the area as Rafaela.

An employee of the establishment, who did not want to their identity disclosed, saw Rafaela arrive at the hotel with the client. "She said it was a friend of hers, who would pay the daily rate to be with her. Then I let them in."

According to the investigation, no one at the motel heard the victim's screams because the criminal turned on loud music in the room.

According to the hotel employee, Rafaela lived in the establishment and paid room rates by [undertaking sex work with clients]. On the night of the crime, the two arrived around three o'clock in the morning. Four hours later, the client quietly went down alone and left.

As Rafaela did not show up at the reception, the staff went to the room to see what was happening, and that's when they found the body of the victim lying in bed, already lifeless.

[Trans] relatives learned of [Rafaela]'s death through her [sex worker] colleagues. A resident of the neighborhood, who also declined to share their identity, spoke out about the victim - "I had known her for many years, and have no complaints about her. She was a well liked person in the area."

The killer has already been identified by the police, but remains at large.

TvT partner organisation Grupo Gay da Bahia & Band UOL 25.11.2015!/foto/1

Report added: 18 Sep 2018. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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