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LA Times Today: Column One - Transgender migrant’s tragic story
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LA Times Today: Column One - Transgender migrant’s tragic story

Watch L.A. Times Today at 7 p.m. on Spectrum News 1 on Channel 1 or live stream on the Spectrum News App. Palos Verdes Peninsula and Orange County viewers can watch on Cox Systems on channel 99.

After fleeing from El Salvador, 27 –year-old Mayela Villegas finally reached the United States after surviving rape, kidnapping and assault.

But after defying the odds and successfully gaining entry to the U.S.—tragedy struck.

LA Times staff writer Molly Hennessy-Fiske shared Villegas’ story.