22% of students consider sex work - Swansea University study

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Found 3rd Apr 2015
More than a fifth of students have thought about being involved in the sex industry, according to a major research project.
About 6,750 students from across the UK took part in an online study by Swansea University.
It claims nearly 5% of them had actually worked in the sex industry and male students were more likely to become involved than women.
Work ranged from stripping, phone sex chat, erotic dancing to prostitution.
It included escort work but also work, which did not involve direct contact, such as webcam work and glamour modelling.
The Student Sex Work Project was carried out by Swansea University's Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
The findings suggest:
Nearly two thirds were motivated to earn money to fund a lifestyle, but 45% wanted to avoid debt
59% thought they would enjoy the work, 54% were "curious," 45% wanted to work in the industry and 44% were motivated by sexual pleasure.
Of those who had worked, more than half was for less than six months, or for less than five hours a week
Some 76% of students engaged in the sex industry reported that they felt safe in their work "always" or "very often" but 49% involved in direct sex work had a fear of violence

Dr Tracey Sagar, who co-led the study, said stereotyping was a problem and the discovery that more men were involved in the sex industry than was commonly thought was a "significant finding".
Although only a third of those researched were men, of those taking part in the survey, 5% said they were involved in sex work, compared to nearly 3.5% of the women.
"Sex work is widely but wrongly perceived to be an occupation that is predominantly taken up by women and this means that males may fall through the student support net because they are not associated with sex work occupations," she said.

Dr Sagar said: "We now have firm evidence that students are engaged in the sex industry across the UK.
"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."
She said it was vital universities better understood student sex work issues.
Steve Jones, director at Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru, said students needed support to ensure they had the knowledge and confidence to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.
"It has long been the assumption that young people who enter the sex industry do so to fund basic living expenses.
"However, this research shows young people's reasons for entering sex work, and their motivations for remaining in it, are more complex."
Rosie Inman, NUS Wales women's officer said the study was a valuable piece of research.
"The main priority must be to maintain the wellbeing of students involved in sex work, not to stigmatise them," she said.
The study was carried out online. The research started in Wales and nearly half of those who took part were at Welsh colleges.
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Heard this on news last week.

The gist of the radio phone in was cost of living and lack of traditional student jobs.
Edited by: "Lyrrad" 3rd Apr 2015
Sounds good.
So more males then females have worked in the sex industry? Do many women really want to pay to sleep with an 18/19 year old or are they more likely to be hired for gay stuff?

59% thought they would enjoy the work, 54% were "curious," 45% wanted to … 59% thought they would enjoy the work, 54% were "curious," 45% wanted to work in the industry and 44% were motivated by sexual pleasure.



Giving it 202% eh?

moneysavingkitten

Giving it 202% eh?


not mutually exclusive though
dissapointed no 69%
Key word: consider
chapchap

So more males then females have worked in the sex industry? Do many women … So more males then females have worked in the sex industry? Do many women really want to pay to sleep with an 18/19 year old or are they more likely to be hired for gay stuff?



'Sex industry' would include butlers in the buff and strippers; not every single one of them is a prostitute.
Lyrrad

Heard this on news last week.The gist of the radio phone in was cost of … Heard this on news last week.The gist of the radio phone in was cost of living and lack of traditional student jobs.



The gist I got from the article I read was that they earn more than their friends in regular jobs and work less hours; it's pretty much for the pay, they're going where they can get the best money.
There was quite a famous case in America last year. A young student entered the porn industry with the pseudonym Belle Knox to help pay her university fees.

http://i60.tinypic.com/1f8yua.jpg

I believe she received quite a lot of abuse from fellow students after they learned about her career choice.
Edited by: "Danielj88" 3rd Apr 2015
Very sad.

I suppose there are some people who will welcome the fact that our society is going backwards to the dark ages, especially dead ugly heartless people with money.
stuarthanley

Sounds good.



somebody's sister or daughter, let's hope it's neither of yours eh?
It is still down to greed. People don't want to just get by, they want expensive luxuries.

Students get a free Mcdonalds burger, so there's their food sorted, no need to offer blow jobs to buy fancy food.



I don't blame them, there's a lot of money to be made in the sex industry :-o
ricko

I don't blame them, there's a lot of money to be made in the sex industry … I don't blame them, there's a lot of money to be made in the sex industry :-o




I gave it a go.

Made tree fiddy.

davewave

somebody's sister or daughter, let's hope it's neither of yours eh?


Or brother or son
stuarthanley

Or brother or son



Yes, you clarify the point which proves your hypocritical position.
davewave

Yes, you clarify the point which proves your hypocritical position.


No, I saw that you'd only opted for female relatives. I just corrected your sexist views.
The OP is discussing people who have chosen to work in the sex industry. They are not people who have been forced to do it as indicated by the reasons and percentages so, therefore, why is there a need to feel compassion or sympathy?
Edited by: "SJHan" 4th Apr 2015
Mark2111

I gave it a go. Made tree fiddy.



Do you think there might be a niche market where I could possibly make a few bob?
At our age, maybe we could offer a tag team?
Mark2111

At our age, maybe we could offer a tag team?



Maybe, on the condition that yours never touches mine oO

X)
stuarthanley

No, I saw that you'd only opted for female relatives. I just corrected … No, I saw that you'd only opted for female relatives. I just corrected your sexist views. The OP is discussing people who have chosen to work in the sex industry. They are not people who have been forced to do it as indicated by the reasons and percentages so, therefore, why is there a need to feel compassion or sympathy?



I didn't appreciate your respect for prostitution as a career.
Now I understand your position I hope that your sister/brother/daughter/son is lucky enough to find a job as a prostitute.
davewave

I didn't appreciate your respect for prostitution as a career. Now I … I didn't appreciate your respect for prostitution as a career. Now I understand your position I hope that your sister/brother/daughter/son is lucky enough to find a job as a prostitute.


The OP is talking about students who have considered sex work. The reasons are varied. I know when I was the age to be a student, hormones were raging and I was like a dog with 2 Richards. If someone had said I could get laid AND get paid for it, I'd have been in my element. This is a none story. Students have always been the same and a study into it was hardly necessary.
stuarthanley

The OP is talking about students who have considered sex work. The … The OP is talking about students who have considered sex work. The reasons are varied. I know when I was the age to be a student, hormones were raging and I was like a dog with 2 Richards. If someone had said I could get laid AND get paid for it, I'd have been in my element. This is a none story. Students have always been the same and a study into it was hardly necessary.



Those desperate for cash may lower their moral standards to pay their bills, its a sad state of affairs. The most likely route for prostitution is dealing with some nasty criminals...I am sure you can understand how prostitution may be a reluctant and shameful experience for students who are struggling with their finances. The reality of getting into homosexual or heterosexual prostitution may not have lived up to your naive imagination.
Edited by: "davewave" 4th Apr 2015
davewave

Those desperate for cash may lower their moral standards to pay their … Those desperate for cash may lower their moral standards to pay their bills, its a sad state of affairs. The most likely route for prostitution is dealing with some nasty criminals...I am sure you can understand how prostitution may be a reluctant and shameful experience for students who are struggling with their finances. The reality of getting into homosexual or heterosexual prostitution may not have lived up to your naive imagination.


Again, the OP is talking about students who have considered it or have willfully engaged in it. No one's forcing them. It's not the same as those that have had no choice but to get involved in sex work.
stuarthanley

Again, the OP is talking about students who have considered it or have … Again, the OP is talking about students who have considered it or have willfully engaged in it. No one's forcing them. It's not the same as those that have had no choice but to get involved in sex work.



To 'consider' something does not preclude desperation, your logic purposely ignores this most likely route to prostitution for students.
stuarthanley

Again, the OP is talking about students who have considered it or have … Again, the OP is talking about students who have considered it or have willfully engaged in it. No one's forcing them. It's not the same as those that have had no choice but to get involved in sex work.


If they lived in a country that appreciated the young instead of raping them in every possible way (whilst cossetting the elderly) perhaps these youngsters might never have had the need to even think about such a thing.

davewave

To 'consider' something does not preclude desperation, your logic … To 'consider' something does not preclude desperation, your logic purposely ignores this most likely route to prostitution for students.


Yes. It is purposely ignored because nowhere in the statistics quoted above is there a percentage of students that went for the option "had no other choice".
I know students that have held down 2 and 3 jobs whilst studying just to make ends meet. The figures quoted above indicate that sex work is either the easy option or the preferred option. Either way, there were/are other options to take.
There was an interesting link on BBC trending about prostitution in Australia and its difference faces the other day and it talks about some similar issues: bbc.co.uk/new…949

I think... in general you have to look at these issues carefully. Yes, its perfectly possible that there are many sex workers out there who are not being exploited, make a free choice to do the work, and may well even enjoy it immensely. But for the people who don't, for the people who become caught in a mire of abuse, they need protection. You can't just ignore such statistics without checking the cause and checking that the number of people who are being exploited isn't increasing.

davewave

Those desperate for cash may lower their moral standards to pay their … Those desperate for cash may lower their moral standards to pay their bills, its a sad state of affairs. The most likely route for prostitution is dealing with some nasty criminals...I am sure you can understand how prostitution may be a reluctant and shameful experience for students who are struggling with their finances. The reality of getting into homosexual or heterosexual prostitution may not have lived up to your naive imagination.




They're not all prostitutes..........
To assume they are would be stupid.
This is absolutely disgusting. But it is not a suprise with uni fees at £9000.
thope15

This is absolutely disgusting. But it is not a suprise with uni fees at … This is absolutely disgusting. But it is not a suprise with uni fees at £9000.


What's disgusting? Only 20% of students have THOUGHT about it. Only 5% of those have actually done it.... An extremely small amount. My maths isn't brilliant but it works out that less than 70 actual students out of the 6700 surveyed have actually done any sex work.
As I've already said, it's a non-story.
Edited by: "SJHan" 4th Apr 2015
teh arn

They're not all prostitutes..........To assume they are would be stupid.



Not all prostitutes, there's other degrading sex work of course.
stuarthanley

What's disgusting? Only 20% of students have THOUGHT about it. Only 5% … What's disgusting? Only 20% of students have THOUGHT about it. Only 5% of those have actually done it.... An extremely small amount. My maths isn't brilliant but it works out that less than 70 actual students out of the 6700 surveyed have actually done any sex work.As I've already said, it's a non-story.



Just because you've already said something doesn't mean you've convinced others.
davewave

Not all prostitutes, there's other degrading sex work of course.



That they've chosen to do because they earn more than their peers on a checkout at Tesco.....
teh arn

That they've chosen to do because they earn more than their peers on a … That they've chosen to do because they earn more than their peers on a checkout at Tesco.....



Or because of higher debt and lower self esteem more likely.
The Welsh sex industry...

http://cdn1.images.videobash.com/photos/000/006/943/6943.jpg

deeky

Do you think there might be a niche market where I could possibly make a … Do you think there might be a niche market where I could possibly make a few bob?



Didn't know that was your game oO

Wondering how much debt I am in now

http://www.portlandmercury.com/binary/bc1a/1377016639-snbtchrky.jpg
davewave

Or because of higher debt and lower self esteem more likely.




They've just gone for a job with higher pay.
No doubt they would all go elsewhere if they could get higher pay.
deeky

Do you think there might be a niche market where I could possibly make a … Do you think there might be a niche market where I could possibly make a few bob?


Sure , I'll man the turnstile X) http://i986.photobucket.com/albums/ae347/fungimala/Gifs/buffywhut_zps81709c3d.gif~original
teh arn

They've just gone for a job with higher pay.No doubt they would all go … They've just gone for a job with higher pay.No doubt they would all go elsewhere if they could get higher pay.



So what stops you?
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