Sex worker tomb moved to Calvin cemetery

The tomb of a well-known prostitute who campaigned for the rights and dignity of sex workers was transferred to Geneva's most prestigious cemetery on Monday.

This content was published on March 9, 2009 - 20:58

Griselidis Real, who died in 2005, was buried in the presence of 200 people at the Cemetery of the Kings, which is reserved for individuals that have profoundly marked Swiss or international history.

The cemetery holds the remains of such luminaries as Protestantism's Jean Calvin, Argentinian writer Jose Luis Borges and child psychologist Jean Piaget.

The body of Real, who was 76 when she died only ten years after she is said to have given up prostitution, was exhumed from another cemetery in Geneva for the ceremony that some - particularly women - have called offensive.

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