According to a press release from the asylum rights organization Asylum in Need, the transgender woman was not allowed to work, and therefore had turned in desperation to prostitution to support herself.
The organization criticized the current asylum system, saying that through a "lack of alternatives she was forced to look into the sex trade".
They further called for basic social support for asylum seekers, "from which one can live and is not forced into the underground economy or sex work".
The victim, 35-year-old Hande Ö. Photo: Facebook private image
According to an autopsy report from Monday, the victim was most likely strangled. Her hands had been tied behind her back, and she was found naked with a cloth ligature around her neck.
The Austrian Press Association (APA) spoke to police on Tuesday, who confirmed that they are still engaged in a detailed forensic investigation of the home, to collect trace evidence. They were also able to confirm that the deceased was involved in prostitution.
The murder likely occurred up to two weeks ago. A concerned friend called the police, leading to them forcing their way into the apartment to find the body.