That’s One Way to Pay for College

Inside Higher Ed ran the following story in its Quick Takes today:

In January, French educators were alarmed by reports of a rise in student prostitution as a means of paying for college. Now similar concerns are being raised in Australia. The Age reported Sunday that 40 percent of the female sex workers in Melbourne’s brothels are enrolled in the city’s universities. The general manager of Melbourne’s largest brothel told the newspaper that university students often were his best employees because “they’re career oriented and know exactly what they want to get out of the job.” He added that when the students aren’t with clients, “we allow them to get out their laptops and study in a spare room.”

That’s nice. At least they’re concerned about students’ academic performance.


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