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25 May 2008

Cristina Ortiz Rodríguez (1964 - ) sex worker, singer, prisoner.

 Jose Antonio Ortiz Rodriguez was born in Almeria, Andalucia, Spain. At a young age she went to Madrid and transitioned.

Cristina was working as a prostitute when she was discovered by Pepe Navarro. She became famous on Navarro’s television show and with a single ‘Veneno pa tu piel’ (Poison in your skin). She became known as Cristina La Veneno (the poison).

There was a plan to make a film about her life, but it did not happen. She starred in two porno films using her La Veneno persona:

In 1999, she was arrested in an insurance scam, accused of arson, after an anonymous denunciation by her Italian ex-boyfriend. Investigation uncovered other crimes and she was sentenced to three years in a men’s prison, where she was frequently attacked and raped, and was incommunicado to her family for many months. Her weight doubled from 60 to 122 kg, and she suffered obvious physical deterioration.

In 2006 she returned to television, complaining about her treatment in prison. The Instituciones Penitenciarias denounced her statement as calumny, but later in 2006 the Socialist Workers Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (no relation) introduced a new policy of respecting a prisoner's gender and changed name, and placing transwomen in women's prisons.

There are no transmen currently in the Spanish prison system.

*Not the professor at the University of Puerto Rico.


Yes, this is the same Spain that legalized gay marriage (in 2005) even before Canada did, but did not start putting post-op MTF prisoners in women's prisons until 2006.


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