MASSDEVICE ON CALL — A growing number of students claim to know a peer who is using prostitution to pay for med school, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.
1 in 10 students surveyed claimed to know someone in the sex trade as a last resort for paying tuition, up from 6% of those surveyed in 2006 and 4% in 2002.
The English Collective of Prostitutes also noted an increase in the number of queries from students considering the trade because many worry that "prostitution is the only means of financial survival. […] Jobs in shops and pubs that students usually take up are increasingly scarce and low paid," according to an ECP spokesperson.
While the number of students actually using prostitution to pay off debts is still believed to be small, but researchers wondered whether tuition hikes might lead more to the trade.
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