Medical Students Feel Forced To Become Prostitutes To Pay Bills
10:45 am, February 29th | by Laura Donovan
No matter how many college loans you may still have to pay off, be thankful if you’re not a medical student in the United Kingdom, where students are increasingly turning to prostitution to pay off debt and their tuition bills.
A new paper by British medical student, Jodi Dixon finds that med students in the UK are beginning to “view prostitution as an easy way to get rich quick.” The author believes part of the issue likely stems from medical students having to remain in school for many years and having less time to take on paying jobs. Dixon surveyed 300 British university students, 10 percent of which claimed to know someone who dabbled in prostitution in 2010. That’s a four percent jump from 2006 and a six percent rise from 2000, and Dixon says the jolt in student prostitution may go hand-in-hand with increasing tuition costs.
Dixon says it’s a “shame” that many people think prostitution is their only way out of debt and that it’s “unacceptable [that] a student[would be] forced into prostitution out of financial desperation.” Prostitution is legal in the United Kingdom, but I think we can agree that laws are beside the point here.
Of course, in Santorum’s version of events these are the snobbiest prostitutes ever.