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The Truth About Student Sex Workers: It's Far From Belle Du Jour

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Article in The Independent:

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-truth-about-student-sex-workers-its-far-from-belle-du-jour-9757719.html

 

A spokesperson from SWISH, an organisation which provides sexual advice, information and help, commented anecdotally they had seen an “over-arching increase” in the number of students they had seen.
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Not sure why we are getting so much of this these days.

 

If you are an uneducated woman, prostitution is more or less obligatory.

 

If you are an educated woman, prostitution is more or less obligatory.

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Not sure why we are getting so much of this these days.

 

If you are an uneducated woman, prostitution is more or less obligatory.

 

If you are an educated woman, prostitution is more or less obligatory.

 

Sorry I don't get the difference ?

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Sorry I don't get the difference ?

Exactly

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Saying that both educated and uneducated women are supposed to become prostitutes is perfectly nonsense, and sexist. Sorry but there are male prostitutes too, do your resarch.

 

However the article is interesting and will enlighten certain people about the reason why so many young women become escorts.

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I think oddbloke was referring to the types of articles that are out there at the moment, which essentially add nothing to the mix...i.e all they tell us is that women from all backgrounds can and do become prostitutes. I don't thnk he was literally saying all women should become involved in the sex industry...but who know's on here lol!;)

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Good spot Vin

 

It's interesting to see how a minor moral panic causes data to be reworked by newspapers.

Just over a year ago the independent had this information:

"The first academic study of its kind suggests that as many as 6 per cent of students could now be employed in part-time sex work such as pole or lap dancing, stripping, escorting or prostitution to help fund their studies.

Based on the results of a questionnaire completed by 200 students at 29 UK institutions"

 

In your 2014 article the data is the same, but the suggestion if you're not following the text closely, is that this is all escorting and prostitution.

 

Of course the killer study would be comparing rates of sexy work by students in countries where HE is either free or comparatively cheap, to countries where the cost is high.

Also a study finding out how the hard up heterosexual male students make ends meet would also help with the overall picture of struggling students. The academics have let us down here, or more likely ethics committees, because there must be quite a few researchers wanting a crack at this.

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Its probably a lot of rebranding of prostitution. the old image of the ghastly street worker is being written out and replaced with the educated qualified 'natural professional'. Her motivation and provenance is seen as the new acceptable face of prostitution.

 

Its already creating work for journalists, film makers and authors.

 

And the 'research', well that's paid for in advance of the new marketing, and groomed for the product.

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Roberts claims universities have become corporations, focused towards selling education - at the expense of student welfare. According to Roberts' research, published by Kingston and Leeds Universities, six per cent of students were involved in the sex industry....

 

The bit in bold is all too bloody true.

 

I wonder how it might be possible to get student newspapers  to mention SAAFE....   It sounds as though the interviewee could do with the help available there.

 

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Thanks for the link to the earlier Indy piece, Bongo. So this isn’t ‘new’ data. They’ve just added an interview with Sophie (Not her real name!) Now why do they do that? Would it matter if her name was Sophie? How many Sophies are there at university I wonder? At least they’ve changed the stereotypical picture from a short-skirted girl bending into a car window to a couple disrobing in a seedy bedroom!

 

I agree that a comparison with HE free countries would be interesting. I wonder how many non-Scottish students in Scottish universities do this for example. Also I suspect (I have no evidence and it’s just an observation) that internet sites (primarily, and probably exclusively, Adultwork) have made it very easy to dip your toe in the water of prostitution with no commitment, effort or outlay.

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Its probably a lot of rebranding of prostitution. the old image of the ghastly street worker is being written out and replaced with the educated qualified 'natural professional'. Her motivation and provenance is seen as the new acceptable face of prostitution.

 

Its already creating work for journalists, film makers and authors.

 

And the 'research', well that's paid for in advance of the new marketing, and groomed for the product.

we are being socially sanitised lol

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Thanks for the link to the earlier Indy piece, Bongo. So this isn’t ‘new’ data. They’ve just added an interview with Sophie (Not her real name!) Now why do they do that? Would it matter if her name was Sophie? How many Sophies are there at university I wonder? At least they’ve changed the stereotypical picture from a short-skirted girl bending into a car window to a couple disrobing in a seedy bedroom!

 

I agree that a comparison with HE free countries would be interesting. I wonder how many non-Scottish students in Scottish universities do this for example. Also I suspect (I have no evidence and it’s just an observation) that internet sites (primarily, and probably exclusively, Adultwork) have made it very easy to dip your toe in the water of prostitution with no commitment, effort or outlay.

Clearly, people in the media are driving to change the public view of prostitution.

 

The 'research' is commissioned to get some qualified stats, evidence and so on; on which to base a perception and viewpoint. As some have suspected on this site, that data can be looked for on purpose. From there it gets about onto more easily presentable media, newspapers, radio and film.

 

Prostitution is being recognised as an economic factor. This qualifies it as a public commodity. So I think we will see some changes in the business.

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Well I think its about time that all these people who are gaining their qualifications and degrees based on our lives and the questions that some in the industry answer actually gave some sort of thanks to the industry such as donate to one of the outreach charities that helps sex workers in trouble. They are using people in this industry to climb their educational ladder so rather than just use some peoples lives for their own gain form afar perhaps they should show their appreciation to the industry in general. 

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I agree that a comparison with HE free countries would be interesting. I wonder how many non-Scottish students in Scottish universities do this for example. Also I suspect (I have no evidence and it’s just an observation) that internet sites (primarily, and probably exclusively, Adultwork) have made it very easy to dip your toe in the water of prostitution with no commitment, effort or outlay.

During the Scottish independence campaign I was informed that Yorkshire and the Humber has a population about the same as Scotland.

And the 18-21 age group has the most undergarduates is pretty much definite.

On Adultwork

-Yorkshire&Humber: 176 female escort profiles in range 18-21 of whom 49 list english as primary language

-Scotland: there are 165 female escort profiles in range 18-21 of whom 37 list english as primary language.

 

A massive fraction of those won't be in HE, and a lot of them don't list any primary language at all on their profile, so it would be foolish to make a conclusion on ten minutes searching, but surely the academics would love to get properly stuck in.

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Belle had her experiences in the mid nineties a lot has changed since then. Was talking to a madame last week about then and even she afmitted now it is mostly about racking up for a quick shag full stop.

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I just love the Thread Title, it contains the words 'The Truth'.  Followed by a link to a newspaper article. VdL do you know something that we don't?

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