Sex change spares her from caning
SINGAPORE, Friday (AFP) - A Thai prostitute who was born a man and
underwent a sex-change operation was spared from caning in Singapore on
drugs charges after doctors determined she was a woman, a report said
Because Singapore does not cane women, the fate of Mongkorn Pusuwan
has hung in the balance for weeks as a district court awaited a medical
report on her sex, the Straits Times said.
Pusuwan underwent a sex-change 10 years ago. However, Thailand does
not recognise sex changes and Mongkorn's passport still listed her as
male although she looks like a woman.
District Judge Bala Reddy spared her from caning after it was
medically proven she was a woman, but sentenced her to six years in jail
on Wednesday after she pleaded guilty to trafficking small amounts of
In Singapore, the death sentence is mandatory for trafficking in more
than 15 grams (half an ounce) of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine and 500
grams of cannabis. Caning is carried out for a number of criminal