A picturesque southern Colorado town known for decades as the sex-change capital of the world is becoming a beacon for victims of female genital mutilation.
Thousands of gender-reassignment operations have been performed in Trinidad, a town of 9,500 people near the New Mexico border.
Dr. Marci Bowers, who underwent a gender reassignment operation in the 1990s at age 40, has performed about two dozen reconstructive surgeries on mostly African born women since early 2009.
The women were victimized as children by the culturally driven practice of female circumcision. Bowers is believed to be one of the few U.S. doctors performing the operation.
She says she relates to what her mutilation patients describe as a loss of identity, of not feeling whole.
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