Transgender woman moved to female facility

Avery Edison was first held at male detention facility in Milton

Jail officials say a transgender woman from London, England, who was held in a detention centre for males has now been transferred to a facility for women.

Earl Essery, the shift supervisor at Maplehurst Correctional Centre in Milton, Ont., confirmed the move late Tuesday but would not specify where Avery Edison had been sent.

Edison, 25, had posted on her Twitter account that she landed Monday at Toronto's Pearson airport and was detained by the Canada Border Services Agency. She suspects she was detained because the last time she was here she overstayed her student visa.

Edison tweeted that despite her passport listing her as a female, the customs officials sent her to Maplehurst, which is a detention centre for males, to await a hearing.   

Her girlfriend, who lives in Toronto, tweeted that jail staff told her that Edison was in the male facility because she has male genitalia.   

Edison wrote that the prospect of being sent to a male facility, where she believed she would be "a potential target for sex attacks,'' was "terrifying.''

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/12/2014 12:15 PM
    Solution is simple...there's two options to be had:

    Check under the hood. If its a pencil, then go to the men's prison. If its a sharpener, then go to the female prison.

    Door #3: Solitary confinement
  2. Angry Bill posted on 02/12/2014 01:42 PM
    What bakes my noodle is why they put her in jail anyway. Her crime was what.. overstaying a previous student visa? If you have an issue with that, is there a reason why you just didn't turn her around at the airport and put her on the next flight back to England? Instead, you stick her in jail.. I don't see the reasoning here, except for typical Canadian bureaucratic bumbling.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/13/2014 12:49 PM
      @Angry Bill This is just nit-picking and un-related but:
      ..."shes" trans-gendered towards being a girl, but has a girlfriend?

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