Student Prostitution: Tuition fees, Living costs, Charities, Myth?

Student prostitution is continually reported as being a massive issue that needs urgent government attention. Students are apparently being forced into the sex industry against their will, but are they?

The rise in student prostitution has been blamed on a simultaneous rise in tuition fees and living costs however recent research suggests this not to be the case.

Tuition Fees 

Tuition fees have risen in 2012 to £9,000 from around £3,000, however students won’t actually feel the impact of this until well after they leave their studies.

Students will need to earn over £21,000 a year before they even begin to pay back their loan and it has been calculated that students would have to earn over £41,000 for 30 years if they wish to completely pay back their loans at all.

Living Costs

After looking in-depth at the living costs that would affect students in 2012 it is apparent that the actual rise in living costs is relatively small. Closer to 3% rather than the 5% that has been reported in the press.


Charities set up to help prostitutes and people within the sex industry have also failed to report an increase in student prostitution. One25, a prostitution charity set up in Bristol have reported that they haven’t encountered any students accessing their facilities at all. 

Students themselves

However a recent survey has suggested that almost a quarter of students at a Birmingham University admitting to knowing a fellow student that works within the sex industry. Suggesting that students aren’t being forced in to prostitution and are in fact electing to sell their body.

Students, having recently left home and the shelter of family life are in fact looking for a quick and easy way to make money. Something that won’t take too much time away from their social life and studies but will fund the life style that they have become a custom to whilst living at home. Prostitution is simply the job that has filled this need for a fast income and rise in living fees and tuition have become the obvious but innocent thing to blame.

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Student Prostitution : The facts and figures?

The growth in student prostitution has been such a massive issue for universities in the UK that the National Union of Students, NUS has taken it upon themselves to conduct an in-depth study into the real facts and figures and whether this is the massive problem that it has been reported as.

It examined the rise in recent years of students taken part in medical studies and selling their bodies to fund the ever growing price of tuition. In the past year calls to The English Collective of Prostitutes Helpline has more than doubled, the organisation has reported a steady rise in calls from students over the past ten years. However the helpline has been inundated by calls since the government’s announcement that student fees would rise to £9,000 from 2012.

They do also stress that students aren’t always turning to simply prostitution, they have reports of escorts, lap dancers and prostitutes and the Department of Education has therefore pledged over £180m a year financial support for the countries most vulnerable 16-19 year olds.

They insist that this will ensure that the system becomes fairer as although tuition fees maybe rising they have assured students it will not be detrimental to the students going to university from the poorest households.

The study also estimated that 20% of the employees within the countries lap dancing clubs are also studying.

Moreover, research published last year from the University of Kingston found that the number of university students who knew someone who had worked in the sex industry to fund their studies had gone up from 3% to 25% in 10 years. However due to the nature of the questions this survey must be questioned further.

They also found that 16% of students would consider working within the sex industry whilst studying.

Dr. Ron Roberts added that he found this survey “worrying”.Image