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Transgender rapist begs for reassignment surgery to return to female prison

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A transgender convicted rapist is begging to have gender reassignment surgery so she can move back to a women's prison. 

Karen White, 52, formerly known as David Thompson, was moved to the largest high-security prison in England HMP Wakefield after she sexually assaulted two of her female inmates at a nearby female prison. 

The Mirror reports White wrote letters from her Wakefield cell which read: "If I was to wait for the operation on the NHS I would be waiting for years.


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"I'm longing for the day the system sends me to a female prison again.

"But the only way I will achieve this is if I become a woman. Then the system will have no option but to send me to a female estate."

White, who is still legally a man, was jailed for life in prison in October after she admitted sexually assaulting women in prison and raping another two women outside of prison, the Guardian reports. 

The attacks happened after she was held in remand at the women's prison for attacking her elderly neighbour with a steak knife, The Mirror reports. 

After admitting the assaults she was transferred to Wakefield prison where she is serving time alongside some of Britain's worst criminals including child killer Stuart Hazell and murderer Robert Maudsley, who killed three men while in prison.

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