This is undoubtedly that, giving one’s voice to others. To tell the story that got him “As marked as a lawyer as as a citizen”, Zoë Royaux suddenly envelops her words in a serious, thoughtful tone, with a touch of authority. If we were on the radio, we’d say she has an incredible mic presence.
The reality is more arid. In front of us, this summer Friday, the 40-year-old lawyer came to speak about five women who would have been unable to tell their own misfortunes. To restore their existence and convince of their right to justice, she meticulously fills the room with their tiny stories, as if they had to be present by her side. The case was tried in 2018 in Paris. “Do not look in the newspapers, it did not interest anyone”, she warned us.
These are rapes, not trouble
These five women are from Hunan, China, «La province de Mao Zedong ». They are all in their sixties but “Sometimes seem to have ten more”. Coming to Europe to earn a living, they actually ended up on the sidewalk, becoming “Walkers”, these sex workers who roam the boulevards or shopping malls waiting for the customer. The lawyer says:
“They weren’t friends at first. They have become so through a kind of solidarity in poverty. “
They meet to work behind an escalator in the Paris Store, sometimes even in the penny
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