According to a new report from Swansea University, just over 20% of students surveyed have considered working in the sex industry at one time. Of the 6,773 students who completed the online questionnaire about 5% had ever actually been involved in the sex industry.
The story of student involvement in prostitution, lap dancing, pornography and other activities linked to commercialised sex is a complex one. The study found that students’ primary motivations for engaging in this industry related to generating money in a flexible way although this was not the only reason. Interestingly although overall fewer male students responded to the survey, a higher percentage of them had been involved in the wider sex industry than of the female students in the study.