The Save The Student Money Survey this year had some interesting results when it comes to student sex work

Firstly, around 4% of students have done some kind of adult work (any job or service which involves nudity or erotica, not necessarily involving actual sex) – that’s double the 2017 figure. While that sounds like a small percentage, it could represent as many as 70,000 students based on the most recent HESA count of undergrads.

The survey revealed that students are more likely to sell sexy photos or used underwear than say sugar dating and this could be because it’s much easier to get started and stay anonymous using say social media.

When asked what they would consider doing when needing emergency cash, an additional 6% of students said they would try adult work and indeed this appears to be how many get started, especially when parents or funding falls short. Here’s what some students said about trying adult work at university:

  • “I work for a sex chat line. I don’t like it, but I need money and at least it doesn’t require me to be touched by strangers.”
  • “I sold my socks and me and my flat mate sold worn pants on eBay.”
  • “I have signed up to fetish websites and talk to pay-pigs for money – have received up to £20 just for sending a few messages!”
  • “Being an escort is tiring and you’re constantly living two lives and concerned about your safety. However, if I needed to I would do it again as it can be a quick and relatively easy way to make money.”
  • “I’ve made money through having a sugar daddy – he would give me money for webcamming and chatting sexy online.”

Read the full results here: https://www.savethestudent.org/money/student-money-survey-2019.html#adultwork