Hadassah Grace writes in the Herald about the stigma sex workers face in the wake of the death of Renee Duckmanton. Grace stands in solidarity, pushing back at news reports implying sex workers are less worthy of respect because of the occupation:
Why do we view dead sex workers as less deserving of respect than dead daughters, teachers, miners, or bubbly young women who worked at Bunnings? I appreciate the media accurately reporting the murder of a sex worker, because if someone is out there murdering women in my profession, I’d like to know about it.
What I don’t appreciate is having to constantly remind people that the reason killers and rapists target sex workers is because there’s so much stigma around our jobs that our lives and safety are viewed as literally worthless. We’re seen as easy targets, because we live in a society which treats violence towards us as inevitable.