Students are being recruited to become escorts and sex workers as tuition fees rises in UK
Mirajul Moin Joy
Published: March 22, 2015 4:11 pm
Nirapad News : Students are being recruited to become escorts and lapdancers via social media.
As tuition fees go up, escort agencies and lap dancing clubs are offering young learners opportunities in the sex trade as a way of funding their education.
Some escorts can earn up to £1,000 a week – and collect as much in one hour as they can in 12 on a minimum wage job.
It comes after an investigation by the Liverpool Echo revealed that girls as young as 18 and 19 are selling sex to help them pay their college fees.
And next week, a £500,000 lottery-funded project will reveal the scale of the situation after three years of research.
The Student Sex Work Project is the first study of its kind in Europe that aims to show the number of students engaged in or considering sex work on a national level.
One agency, Golds Girlies, has posted messages on a university Facebook page inviting students to become sex workers.
A message on the Manchester and Salford University Students page read: “Looking for agency escort jobs? Golds Girls has genuine escort work vacancies.
“These flexible, part time escort jobs in the UK could really boost your income!”
The message said the agency was looking for women aged between 18 and 40, but today The Times reports that freshers are ‘always targeted first’.
The English Collective of Prostitutes, which campaigns for sex workers’ rights, say the lack of jobs and high tuition fees meant more and more students had turned to prostitution to avoid becoming saddled with debt.
Calls to their helpline have trebled since 2011, from students of all ages.
Sarah Walker, from the ECP, previously said: “Most are actually working for themselves or through agencies. It’s not that they are being coerced by force – it’s the economic climate that’s forcing women to weigh up their options.
“Traditional high-street jobs are scarce – we heard of one bar job that had 800 applicants – and these women know that they can earn 500 times more than stacking shelves in a Tesco supermarket.
A film called ‘Fog of Sex’ is also being put together that focuses on experiences by student sex workers.
A statement on the project’s website said: “The data collated by the project will go a long way towards improving knowledge, and very importantly it will provide a framework to enhance current support systems for students in Higher Education in the United Kingdom.
“This conference will be a unique opportunity to access the findings first hand with the results of the Student Sex Survey and the findings being released for the first time.”