Maricielo Torres Bustamante She jumped into the spotlight of Peruvian television and the local show after announcing that she was a trans woman. In 2009, more than a decade ago, Peruvian society was surprised that a former member of the peruvian army proceed this way.
Torres participated in humorous sketches, sporadically participated in one or another television program, he was also the main character in multiple Sunday reports. However, he did not achieve the desired success initially. What happened to her after being on Peruvian television?
What happened to Maricielo Torres, a former Peruvian Army soldier, after going on TV?
Maricielo Torres He was a member of the Peruvian Army and worked in the legal area of the Pentagonito almost because of the obligation of his father, a retired military man, as he indicated in some of the interviews that he had after receiving his tuition as a lawyer, a career that he could not pursue.
The youngest of five children, after openly declaring her gender identity, participated in some spaces on television. She even went as far as to venture as a singer, for which she used in her musical repertoire references to her previous work in the military service. She in some interviews she mentioned that she would have liked to be in the field of comedy.
After having starred in reports in which he recounted his life story, he was soon forgotten, and, instead, began to be part of the diversities that have constantly been discriminated against and objected to, as he later recounted.
Maricielo Torres visiting on some television sets. Photo: composition LR/La República
In the last television reports in which she participated, she mentioned how difficult it was for her to live under the gender identity that she had assumed when her father died. Maricielo spent her days selling candies on Zorritos Street in order to support herself financially.
What happened with Maricielo Torres was not a particular fact or far from reality, since trans people have been historically violated and discriminated against due to the prejudices and stigmas that surround them.
During the year 2021, her brother, Humberto Torres, contacted local media, such as this medium, to indicate that Maricielo was missing.
“I haven’t seen my sister since 2017. We had a little mishap and we stopped talking for a while, but then we communicated through messages. In 2019, she suddenly stopped communicating and her social networks are not up to date either, ”she mentioned to La República.
The brother of Maricielo Torres, a lawyer by profession, filed the complaint for disappearance in October 2020. According to his account, the authorities requested the presence of Lucy Esther Soplín, his ex-partner. She didn’t want to testify at first, but she finally did.
Maricielo Torres Bustamante participated in television segments. Photo: The Republic
According to Humberto Torres’ version, Lucy Esther Soplín commented that her sister’s whereabouts were Colombia. “She said that my sister is in Colombia. If she knows where she is, why doesn’t she tell her?” she pointed out.
However, said statement would not coincide with the immigration record that Humberto Torres accessed.
The last migratory movement of Maricielo Torres indicated that she left the country in 2018 headed for Ecuador. Since then, nothing more has been heard of her.
The last known data was that the
Public ministry referred the case to Homicide with fiscal folder 575-2020 in the 53 Provincial Criminal Prosecutor’s Office of Lima.
It should be noted that, according to data from the Ombudsman’s Office presented by 2022, 95.8% of trans women have been victims of violence, 62.2% are engaged in sex work due to lack of employment opportunities and only 5.1% have completed secondary education.