WHAT COULD GO WRONG? People Flock To India FOR CHEAP SEX CHANGE SURGERY
People from America and other countries are going to India for cheaper rates on sexual reassignment surgery. You would think this is one area where people wouldn’t shop for bargains but you’d be wrong.
Yahoo News reports:
Sex-change surgery: India’s new line in budget medical tourism
After decades of battling depression, former soldier Betty Ann Archer finally flew to New Delhi to complete her gender transition, one of a growing number of foreigners heading to India for budget sex-change operations.
Born Dale Archer, the 64-year-old American said she felt trapped in the wrong body right from the start, recalling secretly trying on her mother’s dresses as a boy — much to the horror of her conservative military father.
“I attempted to kill myself twice… I didn’t like myself. I didn’t like my body at all. I couldn’t be myself,” said Archer, who is from Arizona.
“I became very ill in 2011 and almost died,” she said, wearing a bright blue sari and ornate Indian jewellery that she bought after her gender reassignment surgery in Delhi.
“While I was recovering I came to the conclusion that I had to transition or die.”
A small but steadily increasing number of transgenders are travelling to socially conservative India for such procedures, which are cheaper than those in their homelands and with no waiting lists, according to industry experts.
Some are even choosing India, which has traditionally shunned its own transgender community, over leading sex-change destination Thailand which is regarded as more accepting on this issue.
This has trouble written all over it.