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“Blood was squirting out of my chest,” says Brithany Cervantes as she recalls being stabbed multiple times with a broken bottle for no other reason, she says, than being a transgender woman. “All that saved me was putting my hand over my heart. I could have died,” adds Cervantes, as she shows the jagged scars above her left breast and on the back of her left hand. Yet the most chilling detail regarding the frenzied nighttime attack in downtown Lima last October has little to do with her unknown assailant. Rather, it concerns the municipal security agent who watched the entire episode from the other side of the street without lifting a finger.

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