Sex trade theory in case of dead pair


TWO women found dead in bed in an Auburn flat may have been sex workers.
The bodies, which police sources said had wounds to their throats, were found by a friend in the first-floor flat in Queen Street before 6pm on Thursday.

An autopsy report made public last night said both women were killed by a "sharp force injury" but it was unclear whether they were stabbed to death or had their throats cut.

Both were found face-down in the bedroom of the flat they shared with a family of four.

The partly decomposed bodies had been in the room for "some time", said the Fairfield area commander, Superintendent Brett Henderson.

After finding the women - both Chinese and in their late 20s or early 30s - the friend went to an ambulance station across the road and told officers of his discovery.
The officers saw the bodies for themselves and called police.

Detectives are investigating the possibility that the dead women may have been sex workers. The Department of Immigration confirmed it was investigating their status but would not comment.

Yesterday detectives from the homicide squad and the Fairfield command formed Strike Force Community to investigate the deaths.

Police evacuated flats in the building on Thursday evening as they searched for clues.
The bodies were removed from the block of flats via an underground garage about 3.30am yesterday.

Police were still interviewing several people who had been in the flat recently, including the man who discovered the bodies.
No weapon has been found.

Police brought in several Mandarin speakers and an Arabic interpreter to interview the unit's neighbours, and the flat remained cordoned off as a crime scene last night.

Officers from the public order and riot squad checked the courtyard at the large block of flats several times, searching communal gardens and patios.

Several neighbours described the women as being happy and friendly. "They always looked like they were having fun," said one neighbour, James Kim. "One of them seemed like she had a very vibrant personality. They were always together. I didn't say much to them because they didn't seem to speak much English."
Most neighbours had assumed the pair were English-language students, he said. "Whenever I saw them they had backpacks on, which suggests they were students." He had last seen them about a week ago.

Police are having difficulty confirming the names of the women, who had Chinese and English names.