Zambian trans woman convicted, faces 15 years to life

A disgusting miscarriage of justice in Zambia.


Map shows location of Mongu in western Zambia. (Map courtesy of Map shows location of Mongu in western Zambia. (Map courtesy of

A trans woman in Mongu, western Zambia, was found guilty last week of permitting a man to have carnal knowledge of her “against the order of nature.”

In Zambia, that is a crime punishable by a prison sentence of 15 years to life under Section 155 (c) of  the Zambian Penal Code. She plans to appeal.

Hatch Bril, 27, a hairdresser in Mongu, had pleaded innocent to the sodomy charge, which was filed after taxi driver Abraham Chilemu, 19, complained to police about Bril, saying that she had deceived him into sex on the night of Oct. 24.

Bril said that Chilemu had forced her to have sex with him, but the magistrate rejected that account.

Magistrate Derrick Mate Chingumbe announced his verdict on Oct. 28, then deferred the case to the High Court for sentencing, because the…

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