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The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. As university and college semesters unfold, a small but increasing percentage of students will likely also be taking on a largely under-reported and overlooked form of part-time employment: sex work. Over the past year, there have been multiple reports of a dramatic increase in content creators on OnlyFans — a platform that allows fans to pay creators directly for content, which has been popular with sex workers.
OnlyFans platform reported a huge uptick in users during the pandemic: from 7. : Rise in 'sugar babies' mirrors increase in student sex work. While people might be most likely to think of sex work as prostitution, the reality is that sex work is an increasingly broad occupation that encompasses any form of sexual services being provided for compensation. While some students may engage in prostitution, they could also be participating in pornography, webcamming, working phone lines, dancing in clubs, sugar dating and so on. With the increase in platforms like OnlyFans and JustForFans, anyone can engage in sex work from their own home or dorm rooms.
While we do not know how many Canadian students are participating in sex work, international estimates suggest between 2.
Students look to sex work for many reasons, often as an occupational choice. Sex work can offer an appealing choice for some because it provides a flexible work scheduleallows someone to be their own bossprovides higher wages than service-based industries like retail or because it is enjoyable. Additionally, increasingly liberal social attitudes regarding sex and sexuality may make some students feel more comfortable participating. For others, sex work may be less of a choice.
Some students may have had negative work experiences elsewhere or lack viable employment options. Others may have experienced exploitation, abuse or abandonmentwhich le them to believe sex work is their only option.
Students experiencing mounting debtsincluding from higher educationmay be particularly motivated to pursue sex work. While there may be the instinct to criminalize sex work or challenge sex work-supportive attitudes based on these factors, the Canadian Public Health Associationhuman rights expertssex work advocatesand researchers all highlight the potential harms of such a response ; our energy is best spent addressing the motivations for pursuing sex work than punishing those who participate.
International students may also be drawn to sex work to help pay their tuition fees, which are three to five times higher than domestic students on average. Despite stereotypes that international students come from wealthy backgrounds, studies find that many — particularly those who enrol in Canadian higher education seeking a pathway to immigration — often face economic precaritystruggle with finding affordable housing and experience higher rates of food insecurity than their domestic peers.
Meanwhile, their opportunities for off-campus employment are limited by their visa status, making sex work a potentially lucrative option. Despite becoming more common and mainstreamed, sex work also poses risks. Sex-working students are more likely to report more sex partners and a higher prevalence of sexually transmitted infections than their non-sex-working peers, and are also more likely to report higher drug consumption or addiction.
Additionally, sex-working students are more likely to seek out support services — particularly counselling — than their non-sex-working peers. While some student sex workers may feel comfortable disclosing their work to peers and may do so as a way of managing stigma and having controlothers may avoid doing so due to stigma against the sex industry, leading to social isolation and potential dissonance in their identity.
The legal context of sex work in Canada is a bit of a grey zone. This creates quasi-criminalized status for sex work where every time a sexual service is provided for compensation, a crime is taking place, even if student sex workers themselves are not culpable.
Higher education institutions may also have legal responsibilities or liabilities if sex trafficking is happening on campus. However, it is important not to conflate sex work — a consensual sexual experience and form of work — with sex trafficking, in which someone is forced or coerced into sexual service. The Canadian Public Health Association advocates for a harm-reduction approach to sex workfocusing on addressing the reasons why people may choose to pursue sex work and ensuring that those who do engage in the profession are able to access appropriate supports for their well-being.
This means it is essential that student wellness centres factor student sex workers into the de and implementation of their services, including mental health, substance abuse and sexual health. As students navigate the costs of higher education in the wake of the COVID pandemic, we must begin taking steps to address the needs of our student sex workers. From the lens of health and well-being, we need to ensure student sex workers are factored into health promotion programming and responsive health services in higher education.
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