An alarming new study has revealed that large numbers of British students, an estimated 100,000, which represents one in 20, are considering turning to the sex industry to help them pay their way through college.
Jobs like dancing, stripping and even full prostitution are on the list, as students look for ways to makes ends meet, financially speaking.
Interestingly, the Student Sex Work Project also found that men were more likely than women to think about working in the sex industry, as the author of the study, Dr Tracey Sagar said, “We now have firm evidence that students are engaged in the sex industry across the UK.”
While money is the main incentive for the poor students, it isn’t the only one, as many felt they would enjoy the experience, while at least half the participants were “curious” about working in the industry.
Dr Sagar continued, “The majority of these students keep their occupations secret and this is because of social stigma and fears of being judged by family and friends. And, we have to keep in mind that not all students engaged in the industry are safe or feel safe.”
Students are actually being targeted by social media encouraging them to get into the sex industry, like students from Manchester and Salford Universities who have been targeted by an agency called Saffron Gold.
The agency says it’s looking for “attractive, charming ladies aged between 18 and 40 with good figures and great personalities,” adding, “We are happy for ladies with different profiles to apply for our escort vacancies because all our clients are not the same and they have different needs and preferences.”
On top of that, a report carried out by the University of Leeds found that night club managers also put flyers out in Freshers’ Week urging students to join escort agencies.
That report claimed, “A club manager in a northern city site explained how he always put flyers out at Freshers’ Week inviting female students to audition.”
Another agency, the London-based Haute Girls, even advertises having students on its books, as it states on its website, “Faced with the options of poorly paid term time jobs and more lucrative escorting, a cash-strapped London student may turn to the later, especially when escorting gives them the extra time and flexibility to study.”
A spokesperson for the English Collective of Prostitutes, said the organization mainly gets calls from female students. As Laura Watson told reporters, “From a student perspective there has definitely been an increase in calls to our helpline since loans were brought in.”
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