Desperate students selling sex to make ends meet are behind a surge of pleas for help to the "prostitutes' union". The English Collective of Prostitutes said calls to its helpline from young people at university and college have risen by a third in 2021. And the campaigning group has seen a surge in the numbers selling sex since lockdowns sent student finances into freefall. Many sell explicit pictures of themselves on sites like OnlyFans as traditional bar and shop jobs have dried up. Now as many as eight students a day are calling for support and advice. And some universities are publishing guides on how to safely sell your body. Laura Watson, a spokeswoman for the group, said: "We have seen a significant increase in students going into prostitution as tuition fees have increased. "Some women in our group are working to pay off debts of £30,000 plus. "Since the pandemic a lot of women have been getting in touch starting sex work. "Jobs in shops and pubs, that students would traditionally have taken, have not been available, especially during the pandemic. "There just aren't a lot of options out there – and women have to find a way to… Read full this story
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