A new study reports that one in 20 British students have engaged in some kind of sex work—we talked to a few that have about their experiences.
This article originally appeared on VICE UK.
Last week, researchers at Swansea University released the findings of The Student Sex Work Project, the first comprehensive attempt to analyze UK students who are also sex workers. The report found that 5 percent of students have undertaken sex work at some point—which can mean either that they supplied “direct” sexual services, or did “indirect” work, such as modeling, cam shows, or chat lines. While 5 percent represents a small but significant minority, a much greater number—one in five—reported that they had considered doing sex work to pay their way through higher education.