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Key findings across these studies

  1. There is a likelihood that students entering sex work is increasing in number because of digital markets;
  2. That students are moving into online environments such as webcamming which are very isolating;
  3. Disclosures of sex working often happens in university settings where sexual violence is being reported;
  4. There are major concerns amongst students about being ‘outed’ and disciplined by universities and professional bodies leading to termination of their studies, having major effects on career, debt, privacy and mental health;
  5. The stigma still associated with sex work for all gender identities is a barrier to seeking help, reporting crimes (particularly sexual violence) and receiving support services. Recently there have been more information about the growth in students engaging in sex work, with medical students being particularly vulnerable to this because of their increase debts and time studying. 

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