SEX FO­RUM Low paid turn to sex for money

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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.”

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