15 Dec '11, 4am

British students 'turning to prostitution, gambling' to fund their studies

LONDON - Desperate British students, faced with rising costs on the back of government austerity measures, are turning to prostitution, gambling and other dangerous pursuits to fund their studies, support workers and student leaders said yesterday. The English Collective of Prostitutes, a welfare body for sex workers, said it estimated the number of people approaching it for help had doubled in the last year as students struggled to make ends meet. "(The government) know the cuts and the austerity programmes and the removing of grants, they know when they remove those resources they know it drives women further into poverty," Ms Sarah Walker from the ECP told Reuters. "The way that women survive poverty is often through sex work. The government knows that and they don't seem to care frankly." Young people have been the hardest hit by the economic slowdown with youth unempl...

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