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Is the reason students are turning to Atlanta escort agencies because of debt? When you think of the struggles of student life, money problems are first to spring to mind. Most strapped for cash students know the feeling of having your card rejected for a round of pints, turning shamefully to your friend to pay your bill. The sad truth is that our iconic student years are synonymous with being broke and penniless. Many turn to part-time work to ease their financial worries from bar work to shop assistant earning $50 a shift. This endless cycle of study and evening work can run down students, with little compensation at minimum wage. However, more students are now turning to the lucrative industry of escorts services to fund their lifestyle.

Is being an escort in Atlanta just another term for prostitution? The answer is no. Prostitution is exclusively sex in exchange for money. Escort services, on the other hand, involve companionship to meals, dates, and even glamorous events. Only if both parties are comfortable would sex be involved, think high-end sex workers. With the younger generation taking a more open-minded approach to sex and flexible working, escorting is providing a lucrative alternative to the busy part-time working student lifestyle. In fact, many student escorts are those studying more intensive degrees such as medicine as it allows them to spend more time on their course. Atlanta escorts can earn $1,000 in an evening, the monthly salary of their bar-tending counterparts. With escorting and the rise of adult services platforms such as Onlyfans.com, the younger generation is finding more lucrative ways to fund their lifestyle while creating more freedom at the same time.

Should Georgia universities do more to help stop students from becoming escorts in Atlanta? Results from a 2017 survey of US teens conclude the same jobs are as popular as ever: Firefighter, astronaut, teacher, artist. 'Sex worker' doesn't get a look in. It doesn't even make the top 50. And yet, last year one in 25 undergraduates revealed they had or had attempted to, engage in sex work to mitigate financial insecurities. That's twice as many as in 2017. Since the tuition fee hike of 2010 and the difficulty of entering the job market as a full-time student, more and more students are seeking to pay their course fees by entering the marketplace of sex.

The question universities now face is whether they should take measures to prevent it. That question is two questions hiding in the same trench coat: why and how? First of all, it's necessary to note 'sex work' (given grubby connotations by conservative media outlets and hand-wringing liberal think-pieces alike) rarely has anything to do with pimps and street corners. The gamut of sex work includes working for an Atlanta escort agency, web-camming, stripping, sugaring, selling nudes on social media, or through OnlyFans accounts. The money made by sex workers is mostly not controlled by pimps nor siphoned off by other exploiters. In the true capitalist sense, young men and women who make money from their bodies are small business owners who shouldn't be restricted by the very institutions they are trying to pay. I should pin my colors to the mast before I'm branded either an uptight zealot or a cog in a system of exploitation. Like most people, I have between viewing escorts and call girls In Atlanta as victims or empowered entrepreneurs. The good news is, that's not for me or you to decide. And it certainly isn't for universities, who are now run on the basis of profit, to piously stand in the way of anyone selling nudes in exchange for higher education. This brings us to a truth we all knew: the students who do sex work have generally poorer backgrounds than the same academic elite who propose damning them for it. "Our service has an increased market value," they cry, "but we get to decide how you pay for it."

Are universities in Georgia aware that some of their students are turning to sex work to fund their courses? This is the final form of the popular hypocrisy around sex work. If a university can't control its fees, it can't control how those fees are paid. If universities were united in their concern about sex work, it is within their power to agree to lower fees across the board, demand government funding to replace it in a unified putsch, and make courses affordable for the students they hope to attract. Instead, they bluster: "Sex work puts students on a path to vulnerability. If it becomes their career, they may need to settle for increasingly powerless roles and surrender to exploitation." Universities: if you care about the effects of sex work on student welfare, come together. If you are truly concerned that it harms the pastoral wellbeing of your customers, make a stand. The duty is yours. Until then, bluster only goes so far. It's the old saying: Don't hate the player, hate the game. And if you agree to the rules of the game, there's no moral foundation to restrict the player.

Are the universities to blame for the increase in young students turning to Atlanta escorts? You heard me. The question isn't whether universities will restrict how their courses are funded. The question is whether they are concerned enough to confront the reasons students are becoming call girls in Atlanta. And so far we've seen no courage behind their conviction. So if you're not prepared to face down the Johnson government, please keep your concern to yourself. If you really want to help subsidize education, my OnlyFans details are available on request. Then ask yourself: Who's really to blame?