Durham University Offers Students Course On How To Be A Sex Worker

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

12 Nov 2021

Durham University is offering its students training lessons on Zoom about how to be a sec worker.

After noticing an “emerging trend” of students engaging in the carnal occupations the prestigious Russell Group university said it wanted to help them make educated and informed decision.

One Zoom session, which was fully booked and took place last night, publicised as an “interactive course that explores the challenges student sex workers can face” with a previous hour-long class taking place on November 5.

The move has seen sharp resistance none more so than Labour MP Dianne Abbot who publicly slammed the practice.

Michelle Donelan, the minister for higher and further education also blasted the Durham Students Union for an email to all students and staff advertising the courses saying she was “deeply concerned” by it, telling the Times that the uni was “legitimising a dangerous industry” and “badly failing in their duty to protect.”

The email reads as follows:

“Student sex workers should not face any barriers to accessing support which is well informed and free from prejudice.

“The SU position on students in sex work are clear: support, informed advice, de-stigmatisation and collaboration with expert organisations.”

The SU also highlighted that the 2015 Student Sex Work Project found that 4.8 per cent of students had been involved in sex work in some capacity with around one in five respondents said they had considered sex work to cover the rising costs of university.

A spokesman for Durham University said: “We are emphatically not seeking to encourage sex work but we are seeking to provide support to our students. We don’t judge, we listen, support and give practical help,”

“The intent here is to ensure that social stigma does not prevent students who might be vulnerable or at risk from accessing the support they need and to which they are entitled.”

The spokesman added: “We make no apologies for working to ensure that Durham is a safe environment for all of our students and staff,”

“We are extremely disappointed by the way the intentions for, and content of this session, have been misinterpreted.”