SEX FORUM Low paid turn to sex for money
THREE-QUARTERS of all sex workers used to work in either health, education or the charitable sector.
They turned to offering sex for money because they could not make ends meet with their previous careers, according to a university study.
One worker who took part in the academic research – carried out by Leeds University and funded by the Wellcome Trust – said she could not keep up her mortgage repayments while earning £50 a day as an NHS care assistant.
The study of 240 sex workers – including 196 women, 28 men and 12 transgender people – focused on those who had chosen to sell sex.
Of those surveyed, 172 (71%) had previously worked in health, social care, education, childcare or charities.
Second most common former employment area was retail, with 81 people – 33.7% – having worked in the industry.
Unusual previous jobs included a road haulier manager, merchant navy caterer and life coach.
Ninety out of the 240 had an undergraduate degree, while 40 had a postgraduate degree.
Model Joanna Jensen, 24, from Carlisle, said she was not surprised lower paid workers were quitting to join the sex industry. The 32C brunette babe said: “Some people working in the NHS, or on lower levels of salaries in education, are paid peanuts, which is a disgrace. “There’s no shame in working in the sex industry, but the real point is that we’re not paying people who do vital jobs for society a proper wage.”