New statistics suggest that student prostitution may be more of an issue than we thought. An on-campus tally at Birmingham City University was carried out in order to get a clearer sense of the reality of student prostitution. We asked 100 students whether they know a student sex worker and 23 students said that they did.
This is surprising when you consider the lack of awareness that is shown by Students at The Student Room (http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1977382&p=37249533), which members such as snag prophet claim “its nonsense”. For Kicks concurs, “Like anything in the press blown out of proportion… hardly a student phenomenon.”
The only recognition of students being forced to such means, is explained by the demands of a materialistic lifestyle, ebam_UK says it’s resorted to in order “to gain disposable income or pay for that exotic holiday… anything for a Cambridge ball ticket”.
When talking to some of the students who took part in the on-campus tally, they had a very different opinion on things. Fashion student Olivia Cameron said,
“I would never turn to prostitution, but students struggle financially a lot more than people seem to think. After I’ve used my loan to pay my rent I’m left with nothing to live on, and if my parents couldn’t help me I wouldn’t know what to do. It’s hard to find a job, and I know a lot of students who aren’t supported by their parents.”
English and Drama student Katie Hodson seems bitter towards the Government’s student loans system,
“I’m stuck in a job with crap pay, no help from my parents, and left with less than £5 a week to spend on food if I want to have ANY enjoyment outside of work and university.”
By Daniella Dixon-Cannon