- we’ve heard it all before princesses

Lily Yang on child sex trafficking
Lily Yang on child sex trafficking

A couple of years ago there was a fear the sky was falling. Life as we knew it, at least life for a group of selfish women was concerned, was over. The reason? A sleazy website called “Backpage”, which was complicit in the trafficking of children for sex, was being shut down by the FBI and, running scared, a few others like “Craig’s List”, followed suit. …


- what would Holly Golightly make of this?

Lily Yang’s Audrey Hepurn in Breakfast at Tiffanys
Lily Yang’s Audrey Hepurn in Breakfast at Tiffanys
Credit: Paramount Pictures

A lady of the night. The lure of her is so tempting, so full of mystery, and a privileged few drift off to enjoy many and wonderful imagined fantasies, while the rest of us merely dream about them.

So why is it that when the lights come on, our stereotypes about sex workers are so degrading? These same women dare not write “sex worker” and, horror of horrors, “prostitute” on their CV or on an application for a rental apartment for fear of being judged, as they so often are, as drug-addicted…


- let this be the start, not the end, of this investigation

Lily Yang article on Epstein’s suicide
Lily Yang article on Epstein’s suicide
Photo: National Vanguard

Recently I published a post about the arrest of 66-year-old hedge fund billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, charged with sex trafficking and paying underage girls to give “massages” in his luxurious homes and Virgin Islands retreats. The irony of the latter destination should not be lost on anyone.

A few days ago, it was reported that he took his own life in a New York jail cell. Few will mourn, many will sleep more easily. In my opinion, he showed us he was too timid to face the shameful crimes for which he stood accused.

What else does this tell me about…


- should we give up our aura of sensuality and sexiness for equality and safety?

Lily Yang blog with Rousseau’s dreamer
Lily Yang blog with Rousseau’s dreamer
Artist: Theodore Roussel

I silently cursed him for shaking me awake; it was almost 4.00 am and until then I’d been enjoying a full surround-sound mental movie. Bleary-eyed, I sleepwalked to my computer. My fingers ignored the rules of grammar, continuity and spelling in their haste to capture our night together as I free-associated the stream of thoughts that poured onto the screen from a dream so vivid, I knew I must write down before it was lost. Then I stumbled back into bed, exhausted from the effort.

For the next 3 days I stared at my third-grade essay. Slowly, the symbols began…


- wealthy, powerful men and illegal sexual involvement with girls, and here we are again.

Lily Yang’s blog about sex, money and crimes at Crown casino
Lily Yang’s blog about sex, money and crimes at Crown casino
Photo credit: Melbourne Age

The past week has held my attention with the Crown Casino debacle as more scandal comes to light. Being in my neighbourhood, it’s been all over the news, and of course involves my heartland, China, so it was quick to grab my interest on a few fronts. The main issue is around promoting gambling at Melbourne’s Crown Casino in China, where the promotion of gambling is against the law. And of course, the trafficking of women for sex is involved in the mix too. …


- is it still those childhood, Oedipus fantasies?

Photo of Madonna Whore dilemma from Lily Yang
Photo of Madonna Whore dilemma from Lily Yang
Photograph: Elizabeth Hevert

One of the biggest mysteries in the world of relationships is why do men in serious and committed relationships stray when they can get sex right there in their own backyard.

For those, like me, who are fascinated by this seemingly self-destructive behaviour, we could study the work of the early psychiatrists like Sigmund Freud, who thought it was a symptom of what he called the “Madonna/whore syndrome”. Sigmund was the pioneer of psychoanalysis and a man driven by theories of unconscious childhood urges lurking just beneath our veneer of social morality. He proposed the answer lay in the way…


- the Top 5 list to get you great sex in a brothel

A photo of the world of Lily Yang representing The Cherry Tree Garden
A photo of the world of Lily Yang representing The Cherry Tree Garden
Photo courtesy of Lily Yang & PhotoFunia

M y last few blog posts have been quite serious in nature, and whilst these were very necessary to share, I thought I would lighten the mood a bit and share my personal top suggestions for finding the right “house of sin,” before you waste that precious hour of your life you’ll never get back.

When we find an establishment that really impresses us with their service, we’re keen to keep going back because we’ve found a gem, rather than going somewhere else. When I was at the hairdresser recently, my hair stylist was telling me she and her family…


- why are these monsters beyond the reach of the law and can enjoy the protection that wealth affords them?

Convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein arrested and charged. Article by Lily Yang
Convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein arrested and charged. Article by Lily Yang
Photo Courtesy Lily Yang

There is no great surprise in learning that Jeffrey Epstein has just been charged with sexual offences against girls as young as 14; he’s a serial trafficker of underage girls. He was accused over the weekend of paying underage girls hundreds of dollars to come into his various homes in New York and Florida and give “massages”, between 2002 and 2005. The 66-year-old hedge fund manager was arrested as he arrived in the US from a trip to Paris. It’s about time.

It appears he also provided the sexual services of his victims to his mates, for fun or for…


“Ask Lily” is a humorous agony aunt column for advice on relationships
“Ask Lily” is a humorous agony aunt column for advice on relationships
Image courtesy of Lily Yang

Recently I decided that what the world needs is a “Dear Abby” concept for the millennium, and as an experienced sex industry commentator and author, I am perfectly placed to offer my infamous tongue-in-cheek responses to the great many love, sex and relationship dilemmas of these times.

We can all acknowledge that a lot has changed since Abigail Van Buren (or “Dear Abby” as we knew her) started to make waves in the American media back in 1956. …


- fact is, it isn’t much different to any job, except for the product itself and the absence of buyer’s remorse!

photo of a pretty girl in Lily Yang’s The Cherry Tree Garden
photo of a pretty girl in Lily Yang’s The Cherry Tree Garden

The vision some of us have of those working in the world’s oldest profession is admittedly rather bleak. Emaciated women, rife with STI’s and addicted to drugs, controlled by the proverbial pimp with a fancy car and gold chain. They are practically raped in a small damp room with just a stained mattress in it, and then tossed out into a dark alley to wait for the next assassin. Sound familiar?

We all are confronted by similar stereotypes to this on TV and other forms of media, but how true is it really? …

Lily Yang

Lily Yang is an author and popular social commentator. She writes extensively on child sex-trafficking and donates money to charities protecting children.

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