From physics PHD to porn – rise of the student sex worker and what really happens

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Student debt is on the rise – but what happens if you don’t want to leave university owing tens of thousands of pounds?

An increasing number of undergraduates are turning to the sex industry to pay their ways through their degrees.

From stripping to escorting, web cams to working in the porn industry, the rise of the student sex worker shows no sign of slowing down.

It is estimated that one in 20 students are now working in the sex industry.

Channel 5 documentary Student Sex Workers takes a look at what drives rising numbers to opt for these roles while at university – and what really happens.

Jasmine is training to be a paramedic but funds her student life with sex work

 

Jasmine is studing to become a paramedic.

Her course is a three year degree and she has tuition fees of £9,000 a year before she factors in any of her living expenses.

Struggling to make ends meet – and still afford the finer things in life – Jasmine has chosen to supplement her studies with working in the sex industry.

She works as an exotic dancer, model, has appeared on Babe Station and is also a webcam girl.

She also has several sugar daddies, who give her gifts and help pay for her life’s luxuries – and is now on the hunt for a new one.

Jasmine is an exotic dancer, model and webcam girl – she also has several sugar daddies

 

Jasmine says: “I can’t pay my rent on the minimum wage and doing this I can make £1,000 a night.”

Several nights a week she logs onto her web cam and charges men £2 a minute to chat to her.

But she admits she has to “pretend I’m horny even when I’m not”.

The student paramedic prefers one-on-one chats to group conversations on her webcam because “I can make more money”.

She always keeps her clients chatting for a few minutes before stripping to reveal more.

Jasmine’s sex work means her studies are under threat and she has a decision to make

But her part-time job is already causing problems with her university course.

A number of complaints have been made about Jasmine – and her discussing her work in the sex industry while on placement was one of them.

It’s a difficult decision for Jasmine but eventually she decides to quit her course to pursue a full-time job in the sex industry.

Although she knows she can’t do this forever and plans to make her fortune in property.

Meanwhile Physics PHD student Luke finances his course through his work as a porn star.

Luke supplements his physics PHD by working as a porn star

The 25-year-old was approached while he was studying abroad by an adult film director.

He said: “The first time I did it I found it really exhilarating.

“It’s really easy, you have sex and get paid 1,000 euros.”

Carly-Rae started work in the sex industry when she was just 19 and in the second year of her fashion degree in Manchester.

She said: “I was living close to the breadline. I’m sure I could have survived but it gave me that little bit of luxury.”

One in 20 students now work in the sex industry

Now she has graduated, Carly-Rae has turned her back on her dreams of working in fashion and is now a full-time porn star.

She often works with her close friend, Roo, and the pair script, film and produce their own films as well as starring in othe productions.

Carly-Rae makes more than £30,000 a year and has won and been nominated for several industry awards.

She said: “I didn’t think about getting a graduate job, I just went into the career that I’d already started.

Roo quit her English degree to work full-tie in the sex industry

“I do my won tax, scripts, shoots and edits. I’m one of the key figures in the British porn industry, which is an industry that respects me.”

Pal Roo also started working in the industry and dropped out of her English course during her second year.

She started work as webcam girl and still uses that as an income stream along with her adult film work.

As well as fiming lesbian shoots with Carly-Rae, Roo also gets her long-term boyfriend involved in her work.

  • Student Sex Workers is on Channel 5 at 10pm tonight.



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