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Sydney stabbing victim identified as 24yo Michaela Dunn

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a close up of a woman: Michaela Dunn from Sydney's Inner West was found just after 3:00pm on Tuesday. (NSW Police) © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Michaela Dunn from Sydney's Inner West was found just after 3:00pm on Tuesday. (NSW Police)

The 24-year-old woman killed in a Clarence Street apartment in Sydney's CBD yesterday has been identified as Michaela Dunn.

Ms Dunn was found by police in the Sydney apartment just after 3:00pm yesterday following the alleged stabbing rampage by 21-year-old Mert Ney that shut down part of the CBD.

It is understood Ms Dunn is from Sydney's Inner West.

Her family have been notified and although police said they "appreciated the public support", they have requested privacy.

Police said initial inquiries indicated Mr Ney had allegedly gone to the unit for an appointment about 1.30pm and was captured on CCTV leaving the building about 1.50pm.

Mr Ney is under police guard at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and has undergone surgery for a laceration to his knee. He is expected to be released this afternoon.

The ABC has been told that Ms Dunn, a sex worker, had been sharing the apartment with another woman, also understood to be a sex worker.

Police sources said the flatmate came back to the apartment yesterday afternoon because she had not heard from Ms Dunn, and found her dead with fatal cuts to her neck.

The attack has hit sex workers hard, with many women telling the ABC they often fear for their safety.

"It's someone from our community and it does cut pretty deep," said Rose Harper, a sex worker who travels Australia for her clients.

"It could have been any of us … It's in the back of our minds.

Ms Harper said that the threat of violence was something many sex workers and escorts had to contend with.

"It is a struggle to know that we could get up and go to work and just try and put food on the table and then have our lives cut short by something like this," she said.

"There's certain safety measures I take, but at the end of the day I'm a five-foot-five (1.6 metre) woman. I could probably be overpowered by almost any man out there.

"But that's not to say that we expect to be killed."

Ms Dunn's Instagram account shows she'd recently travelled to Sri-Lanka and the USA on a months-long trip with friends.

Videos showed her celebrating New Years' Eve in Sri Lanka, before attending the popular music festival Coachella in April.

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