The Reuters website reports today (December 14, 2011) that desperate British students -- faced with rising costs on the back of government austerity measures -- are often turning to prostitution and other sexual pursuits to fund their studies.
The English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) -- a welfare body for sex workers -- said it estimated the number of people approaching it for help had doubled in the last year, as students have been struggling to make ends meet.
Sarah Walker -- spokeswoman for the ECP -- told Reuters, "The way that women survive poverty is often through sex work. The government knows that and it doesn't seem to care, frankly."
Estelle Hart -- national women's officer for the National Union of Students (NUS) -- said a recent study by Leeds University in northern England revealed that 25 percent of strippers and lap dancers in Britain were women college students.