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NEWORLEANS - The Southern Poverty Law Center wants an immediate transfer for a prisoner in the Orleans Parish Prison.

The group wrote a letter to Sheriff Marlin Gusman in February that demanded protection for a transsexual woman who said she was gang raped repeatedly while in the prison.

Guards failed to intervene during these attacks and when the woman was transported to the hospital over the weekend she wasfound to have contracted HIV while in prison, the SPLC said.

The group wants her moved to prevent her from incurring any further harm.

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