The tragic story of Michaela Dunn, the year-old former Notre Dame University student and sex worker stabbed to death in the CBD last Tuesday, is every parent's nightmare. First the horror of the news of her death, then the shock for this middle class Lidcombe family, including mother Joanne and sister Emily, of learning their beloved "Mikki" who left the suburbs for inner city life was making money as a sex worker. A Surry Hills brothel. Owners estimate up to a third of sex workers are university students. Credit: Edwina Pickles.
'She was a whole person': Michaela Dunn's murder and its impact on Sydney's sex workers
Opinon: Sex workers like Michaela Dunn have the right to feel safe at work like anyone else
Each and every year, young women will chat to me about their hopes and plans for the future. And each and every year, some of these young women will tell about their part-time job. They've chosen to be sex workers while studying. The money is excellent, the hours are flexible, quite unlike either hospitality or retail. Bright, bubbly and doted on by her family: Stabbing victim Michaela Dunn. Credit: Facebook. Michaela Dunn was very much loved.
A woman at work in a legal profession: Michaela Dunn died when she deserved to be safe in her job
Updated August 16, The loss of Michaela Dunn at the hands of a violent male attacker is still in its first phase of shock and grief for her family and community. The sex worker community is deeply sorrowful at both the loss of her life, and at the way we knew it would be spoken about in the days and weeks to follow. Ongoing speculation by media and the general public about the relationship between Michaela's work as a sex worker and her tragic death adds further distress to the trauma already being experienced by those connected to Michaela, even if only as fellow sex workers.
A sex worker has issued a dire assessment of the industry after a woman's throat was allegedly slashed by the Sydney knifeman, saying 'murder is part of our job'. Michaela Dunn, 24, from Sydney's inner west, was found dead with a laceration to her neck in a Clarence Street unit in the city's CBD on Tuesday afternoon. Michaela Dunn, 24, from Sydney's inner west, was found with a laceration to her neck in a Clarence Street unit on Tuesday afternoon. Mert Ney, 20, is accused of killing Ms Dunn pictured in body bag with a knife on Tuesday afternoon. A man wearing a grey hoodie covered in blood wielding a large knife could be seen yelling in the street as hundreds of people fled for their lives in the heart of Sydney.