Students have traditionally pulled pints or waited tables to pay their way through college, but research suggests that many are now turning to sex work.
The rise in fees in the UK, which will see some students graduate with projected debts of up to €65,600, is being blamed for persuading young women and men to take up pole dancing or even prostitution.
Research suggested that one in four students know someone who had worked in the sex industry to fund their studies – up from 3pc in 1990. More than one in 10 were open to the idea of being an escort.
Another study found that a quarter of lap dancers had a degree whilst a third of the women were using the job to fund new forms of training.
"It is not on the radar of welfare or support organisations within education," said Dr Tracey Sagar, who runs a project to support student sex workers. (© Independent News Service)