Struggling students turn to OnlyFans to pay for fees – and some earn £7k a month

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Struggling students are having to sell sex so they have enough money to live on after lockdown ruined their finances.

They are turning in droves to the "prostitutes' union” for help, as traditional bar and shop jobs have dried up while tuition fees have risen.

Calls to the English Collective of Prostitutes from young people at university and college have soared by a third this year.

Many sell X-rated photos of themselves on subscription-based platform OnlyFans and other sites to make ends meet, the Mirror reports.

As many as eight students a day are calling for support and advice, while some universities are publishing guides on how to safely sell your body.

Laura Watson, a spokeswoman for the group, said: "We have seen a significant increase in students going into prostitution as tuition fees have increased.

"Some women in our group are working to pay off debts of £30,000 plus.

"Since the pandemic a lot of women have been getting in touch starting sex work.

"Jobs in shops and pubs, that students would traditionally have taken, have not been available, especially during the pandemic.

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"There just aren't a lot of options out there – and women have to find a way to survive.”

The group campaigns for the decriminalisation of sex workers and improved rights and safety.

Chemistry graduate Sophie McBurnie, 22, originally from Rochdale, turned to OnlyFans in desperation as a third-year student.

Despite having a part-time supermarket job, the Lancaster University student's loan still left her short on her £5,000-a-year rent.

She now makes £7,276 a month and estimates she has made £43,659 from the platform in just 10 months.

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History student Indi, 20, of West Yorkshire, said turning to OnlyFans to fund her education was a "no brainer” and she now makes £400 a month.

And graduate Aalyiah, 24, of South Yorkshire, quit her job in graphic design to go full time on OnlyFans.

She said: "I don't see a problem with it. I think it shows entrepreneurship."

A student poll last year claimed 4% were selling sex to fund their courses, while one in 10 said they would do it in a cash emergency.

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Universities that have published guidance relating to student sex workers have been accused of legitimising and encouraging the trade.

Brighton University was blasted for allowing a sex workers' health and support service to run a stall at a freshers' fair.

And the University of Leicester issued a guide called "Student Sex Work Toolkit for Staff in Higher Education".

A Universities UK spokesperson said: "Universities recognise the financial hardship many students have experienced, particularly during the pandemic, and are providing increased financial and other support as well as speaking with government about further support.

"Universities encourage legal, healthy and safe behaviours and support students to make the right choices.

"The focus, based on universities' duty of care to their students, is on keeping students safe, educating them about risks, and maintaining open lines of communication and support."

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