HUNDREDS of university students in Victoria have turned to prostitution to pay their way through higher education, The Sunday Age has learnt. (emphasis added)
What does the Sunday Age mean it has ‘learnt’ that some prostitutes are students?
A quick search of the files would reveal that this is old news, a repeatedly re-discovered ‘finding’. That a few hundred of Victoria’s 180,000 or so university students are sex workers is no more surprising than that thousands of them are waiters.
As is usual when the media follows up on the student sex workers, they are far more level-headed about it than the people who think it is a problem:
For 18 months Amy has been combining her studies for a science-based degree with evening work in the city’s brothels.
“I’m sure that some people would be shocked at what I do, but in my mind it really is just a job,” she says.
As I have argued in the past, student prostitution is no cause for policy action. Most students work, and if some choose to work fewer hours for more money in less-pleasant jobs this is no cause for concern.
Student prostitute stories:
From the Uniting Church – Herald Sun, 10 October 2008.