The legal sex industry in Australia has been plagued for far too long by illegal “massage parlours” and the horrific sex trafficking conglomerates that feed many of them. When the sex industry and governments put pressure on it, sending a clear message that trafficking is not tolerated, success at stamping it out this evil is more likely to happen.
Madam discovers joy in writing, as seen in Melton & Moorabool Star Weekly
Brothel madam Lily Yang has penned an autobiography detailing her childhood in China and eventual journey to Australia.
Lily Yang – who is madam of The Cherry Tree Garden in Williamstown North – says her book, Take Memories, Leave Footprints, “doesn’t actually dwell too much on being a madam in a brothel”.
Rather, the book details how a young Lily and her family were exiled to a village in far North China to be “rehabilitated” during the Chinese Cultural Revolution before going on to detail her experiences growing to adulthood. Lily, who lives in Caroline Springs, described writing the book as “a wonderful experience”.
“Writing is a bit like reading a book in reverse – one thing remembered leads to uncovering other unremembered things,” she said. “That was the real joy I found in writing.
“I was lucky, as well, because I had grown up with storytellers, especially my father and an old Buddhist lady in the village when I was around 10 years old. I would sit enchanted by the ‘word paintings’ and the legends of old China and its superstitions.”
Lily Yang has written two previous books, one of which is based on the true story of a young girl in Cambodia who escaped from child sex slavery and gets help from her.
Lily said proceeds from sales of her books go towards The Sunlight Foundation, a charity she established to provide funds to rescue, rehabilitate and educate victims of child sex trafficking gangs in Asia.
Lily said she wanted to “speak out”, on the issue.
“I want to be a voice in my industry that says this is not right and it must stop,” she said. She said she believed what she does as a madam “is fun, necessary and helpful to society”.
She said that people who might not have a positive perception of madams would “be surprised, and pleasantly so, to find that Lily Yang is just the same as everyone else”.
‘‘ Lily Yang is just the same as everyone else”Lily Yang
This page-turning tale stretches across continents in search of love and happiness, later to be discovered in the most unlikely of places – a classy Melbourne brothel
An extraordinary narrative set in the background of old-world China and travelling into 21st Century global landscapes, has just been released by Lily Yang, an Australian social commentator of Chinese origin who shares her gripping tale of love, self-value and perseverance.
This is a book memorable for its fascinating cultural elements, like the progression of Chinese values since the Cultural Revolution from a personal viewpoint and its ancient traditions from a personal viewpoint, to her life in modern-day Western society – all of which is told with exquisite attention to detail.
According to Ms Yang, the autobiography contains elements of her life that offers surprise, laughter and tears as she recounts her personal life journey, complete with misadventure, virtual imprisonment, and challenges, that demonstrate the true strength of the human spirit.
“I first decided to create the book, “Take Memories, Leave Footprints”, when I realised I have such fond recollections of my life thus far, that I would like to share. I genuinely hope the result is entertaining and inspiring in some way” she said.
Today, Ms Yang is the Madam of the high-profile Melbourne brothel, The Cherry Tree Garden. She shares life goals, daily drama, fashion and beauty tips as well as a fragrant cup of tea with the sensuous girls who work there.
“Unfortunately, like any industry, there is an ugly side to ours of course, but rather than debating morals and values of sex-work, I prefer to share my own beliefs in sexual expression and powerful self-value. This is something we all have the right to enjoy,” she said.
With this in mind, Ms Yang shares her (often pioneering) commentary via her blog and through selected media outlets. She also addresses the heinous problem of sex trafficking through commentary and direct financial assistance through her charity work.For further information: Kerry McDuling, PR Consultant, Tel: + 61 410 578 194