Night Butterflies

Photo by Nick Perry

Night Butterflies. Aired on 360.

Night Butterflies was a finalist in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s 360 ‘City Nights’ Competition.  Co-produced with Nick Perry.

One of the more polite names given to sex workers in Indonesia is ‘night butterflies’. Transsexual night butterflies haunt the streets of Jakarta, eking out an income from passing cars. They have often left their deeply-religious families in rural towns across Indonesia to pursue their desire to live as women in the bustling, ‘liberal’ capital. Even so, in Jakarta their choice of lifestyle is still widely considered a sin against God and makes them worthy of derision, ridicule and contempt.