Britney Hernández Vargas
20 Oct 2022
Xalapa, Veracruz (Mexico)
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Britney died in hospital around two months after beiing beaten by police during an unprovoked raid on her home.
A transsexual sex worker identified as “Britney” Hernández Vargas died after allegedly being beaten by state police. Her remains were buried this Friday and the case is generating commotion in the guild.
According to reports collected, at least a dozen elements of the Public Security Secretariat (SSP) came to her home in the Progreso neighborhood, for no apparent reason, where they beat her and her partner, around 2 months ago.
People who offer sexual services in Xalapa affirmed that in recent months the state police have focused on harassing them and asking for services without pay. They assure that they have been victims of robberies even in their own homes, but there is fear of denouncing. Although the motive for the beating of "Britney" has not been established, the information indicates that the elements would have arrived without a search warrant at her home and using force, caused damage to the house and perpetrated the attack.
After that episode, the sex worker presented serious pain in various parts of her body, mainly in her stomach, so she decided to go to a city hospital, where she suffered in agony and finally died.
It is also known that the autopsy carried out on her body revealed that her lung, liver and kidneys had collapsed. It was not revealed wheether this was a result of the blows she received or if they influenced the condition she had as a result of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).