This is an important book. It’s a collection of 65 stories of murdered sex workers in Australia.
Many of the stories are short – some only a few paragraphs and that is the stark reality of the lack of attention the murders of prostitutes rate in the media.
There are cases that were well publicised like the murder of grandmother Johanna Martin, whose working name was “Jazzy O”.
Johanna’s murder got a lot of coverage because she was a wealthy woman from her stripping and sex work (it was reported she would do things that many other strippers would not and was a popular footy club performer). Outside of her work, Johanna was a devoted mother and grandmother who lived a quiet life.
There’s the story of the horrific 2004 killings of Darwin women Phuangsri Kroksamrang and Somjai Insamban, Thai nationals who were bound and dumped in crocodile infested waters. Two young men, 19 at the time, who murdered the women in what the prosecutor believed was a thrill killing.
Then there’s the women you’ve most probably never heard of – Lisa Moy, Zanita Green, Colleen Moore, Michelle Copping…there’s so many more I could list from the book.
Page after page of this book is a gruelling reminder that these women are treated like they are not worth much.
I’m glad the authors wrote this book. I urge people to read it.
Invisible Women: Powerful and Disturbing Stories of Murdered Sex Workers is published by Echo Publishing.