The website SponsorAScholar.co.uk claims to have arranged for 1,400 women aged between 17 and 24 to be funded through their studies by wealthy businessmen seeking “discreet adventures”.
A secret reporter for the Independent newspaper, who posed as a student, was met by a male “assessor” from the website, asking her to undertake a “practical assessment”.
The website’s representative said that the assessment was required for “quality control”. But the requirement for young potential students to submit to a “practical assessment” raises fears that young women students may have been exploited, according to the report.
The organized constructed site appears to be taking advantage of Britain’s sex laws, which allow escort agencies to function legitimately by offering introductions between prostitution and clients.
Many young women in Britain facing financial hardship brought on by the coalition government’s decision to increase the cost of studying, have been urged not to be tempted into the scholar sponsoring website.
The UK government’s role in raising the costs of university tuition fees has brought about new sponsorship deals, where students are offered funds to cover their studies in exchange for having sex with strangers.
A new investigation revealed that students in Britain are being offered up to £15000 a year to cover their university studies in exchange for having sex with a stranger, the