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Why are university students signing on with escort agencies in Baltimore? With tuition fees skyrocketing, maintenance grants at an all-time low, and loan interest reaching impossible heights, it's no wonder that many students in Maryland are looking for new ways to make quick cash and pay their bills. According to recent studies, up to 4% of students have engaged in sex work at some point during their time at University. Sex work is an umbrella term that covers many forms of "adult" services including escorting, cam work, stripping, "sugaring" and selling nude photos and videos via apps such as Onlyfans. With the majority of students needing to fund themselves through university, it is easy to see the appeal that sex work holds. It's flexible, with the freedom to choose their own hours to fit around their studies, and generally pays more than standard part-time or zero-hours jobs.

Are escort agencies in Baltimore targeting young college students with the offer of a glamorous lifestyle together with high earnings to encourage students to become call girls? Escort agencies in Maryland, in particular, are easier to reach and sign up for than ever before, and many offer benefits such as letting the escort set their own appointments and providing private transport to and from client locations. Escorts fall under the sex work umbrella, although does not always necessarily involve being sexually intimate with a client. Escorts are companions, paid for their company and time. This usually involves going on dates or spending time with the client, potentially leading to sex. Students who haven't engaged with sex work before might choose an escort agency as a starting point, as a number of higher-end agencies have guaranteed rates as well as safety measures, hand-picked clients, and support on offer for their employees. Many conventional jobs simply aren't an option for students, demanding too many regular hours that students cannot sacrifice and a minimum wage that isn't enough to support their education and daily lives. Quite often these "better", more reputable jobs simply don't exist and are more difficult to obtain than many people seem to think.

Should universities in Maryland do more to help stop students from becoming Baltimore escorts? All universities should strive to help students feel safe and supported during their time in education. However, many student sex workers report feeling stigmatized, rejected, and neglected by both fellow students and staff alike. With maintenance grants being scrapped in recent years, students from lower-income households are disproportionately affected and turn to sex work not to purchase luxuries but to fund their studies and buy the necessities they need. Students who choose sex work might even decide to do so before even setting foot through the university doors, with the circumstances that lead them to do so largely nothing to do with the individual university itself. The question is not what can universities do to stop students from becoming sex workers, but what they can do to support their students who choose to do so?

Is there a negative side to working as Baltimore escorts? There is a glaring lack of support for students, largely due to the underfunding of universities and not having enough staff. This can lead to student sex workers feeling isolated and unable to ask for help when they need it. Though sex work may be fitting for some students, there may also be students for whom sex work is harming the student, their mental and physical health, and their educational performance. Students are equally deserving of support in both of these scenarios. The most important thing universities can do is to educate; to help break down the stigma of sex work so that students in need of support do not feel like it is something they need to hide.

Should students be allowed to work as Baltimore call girls while studying? Student sex workers are not going anywhere any time soon. Their numbers may only continue to rise. With the correct funding and support from their establishment of education, perhaps fewer students would feel the want or need to enter sex work. However, if a university cannot provide those things, all that remains in their power is to respect the decision of their students and their freedom to choose work that works for them.

The student who became an escort in Baltimore! Many parents are left bereft when their last child goes off to university.  The empty nest and the vacuous silence in the house leave an aching gap in their lives.  They might be even more unhappy to discover that of that years' university undergraduate intake, around five percent of the student population will turn to escort agencies in Baltimore to support themselves.  Either as a means of funding their studies, of relieving themselves of debt at the end of the course, or perhaps to pay their rent. And more than a few do it because they enjoy sex.  Parents of boys have even more reason to be concerned, as in some US cities more male students sign up to an escort agency than women. Today, the old terminology has been gentrified as the social and class distinction of the sex worker has changed. The working-class person whose choice of work was limited by poverty, plying her trade on the street corner fifty years ago has evolved as women's rights and a social revolution opened the doors of the profession to people of different classes and backgrounds.  The services of a prostitute once found on the notice board of a local telephone box, where a card for a Baltimore massage parlor or an Asian escort in Baltimore was, in reality, advertising sex workers, is today found on social networking sites such as Tinder in equally disguised, but quite blatant advertisements. So easy to use for the tech-savvy teen generation where all one needs is a Facebook account to get going. In the '80s, the term 'sex worker' gave prostitutes a less stigmatized label and allowed the terminology to be multi-gender. The traditional Baltimore escort morphed from a glamorous lady, engaged to accompany a usually male client to the opera, dinner, or special event into a euphemism for a sex worker. The client was paying for the pleasure of the time of the escort, who was expected to be sophisticated, erudite, and educated and where sex was not expected to be part of the service.  In today's world, the word has been adopted by a generation seeking to leave the stigma of the term 'prostitute' in the gutter with its connotations of fastback street liaisons and curbside pick-ups.

Apart from the students who have turned to work for escort agencies in Baltimore to supplement their income, what of the people who are using their services? Why do people need the services of an escort even when they are in a stable and happy relationship? Studies reveal the reason as primevally basic – the desire for a 'good, physical sexual feeling', in most cases with no emotional attachment and without the need for any social engagement apart from the act of sex.  The clients may use the escort to undertake sexual acts that their partners dislike, or revel in the excitement of an illicit act. They feel free emotionally and physically from the person providing the service. They often do not see it as a betrayal to their partner, but as a service fulfilling a need. In the case of some single people, it is the outlet for sexual desire without the expense and energy they have to put into developing a relationship.   There is little doubt that the majority of significant others in a relationship would feel completely betrayed if they knew that their partners were making use of a prostitute, but the knowledge of that fact leads the partner to use the sex worker to keep secret the act.

Who is using whom?  Does the student who chooses to work as an escort in Baltimore and earn $1000 an evening and works perhaps five hours a week in the sex industry, as opposed to $50 for five hours work in a bar deserve scorn or praise?  Are they fulfilling a needed service or should they concentrate on their studies and get a bar job to top up their student grant? The adverse psychological effect of sex work haunts some students.   The need for secrecy to avoid social stigmatizing and the fear of being judged by friends and family can play an important part in the mental state of a student. Not all experiences will be good and negative experiences can lead to mental and physical problems. Not something that your average nineteen-year-old is going to consider when they first think that they may be able to make a fast buck. The percentage of students who engage in sex work consult councilors more frequently than those who do not. They also generally find it hard to leave the profession. There are now councilors in universities specially trained to help students move away from sex work with support, advice, and sometimes assistance. Not every nineteen or twenty-year-old student, keen to make money and perhaps rebel against social norms is going to think about how he or she is going to feel about having worked in the sex industry in thirty-five years.  They might at any time and in any situation in the future bump into their former clients when they are out with friends or colleagues in a corporate work situation.  Consider that they are being proposed for the post of CEO of some major international organizations and their children are about to go off to university. Will the stigma of having worked their way through university as a Baltimore escort agency girl, no doubt the terminology The media would be delighted to flaunt on their pages, haunt them as they sit waiting to hear if they have been appointed to the top post? No doubt it would.