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here's more on the growth of student prostitution - facilitated by the internet of course.
This article from the English Language publication - Vivid - was published in Bucharest in 2004.

VIVID - Romania through international eyes

The oldest profession

by Ruxandra Gubernat
September 2004

''It's not that I can't work, I just don't like getting dirt under my fingernails,'' says Adrian, a student gigolo.

Adrian tried selling sandwiches from a kiosk in a market, but found that the money he made wasn't enough to get him through college. Larisa worked as a shop assistant first and then as a babysitter but says neither paid off, and both her employers hit on her.

Both say prostitution solved their problems.

Adrian, a student 'freelancer'.

Many student prostitutes working and studying in Bucharest say a lack of money is what led them to their trade. ''Having no money makes you capable of doing this. Everything on the face of the Earth depends on it, everything, everything,'' Larisa, a 23-year old economics student says.

She and her girlfriend posted an ad on the Internet several months ago. It said: ''Girlfriends, students, looking for pleasure seekers. Call us!''

Larisa says they only accept 'quality people.' ''Not just anyone can afford to come to prostitutes,'' she says. ''I wouldn't take anything less either. There are many things you can find out from these people, advice you wouldn't get from anywhere else.''

However, advice is not all she gets. She says she makes up to 1,000 euros each month. ''Those who say they make more are probably working on the moon,'' Larisa says sarcastically.

She comes from a big family. Her parents live far away from Bucharest and could not support her through college because they have five other children to take care of. ''If I'm going to make it, maybe I can help them,'' says Larisa .

Adrian also comes from a large family, a family of nine children. He says his parents cannot support him either. ''They were workers under Ceausescu; they are extremely modest and poor,'' he says. ''They think I earn all this money giving massages.''

Adrian, a third year chiropractics student, has been a gigolo and an actor in pornographic films for about nine months and says he makes about 2,500 euros a month, more than 50 times the grant of a student with higher grades. He has a golden ring on one finger, a thick, gold bracelet and a mobile phone worth about 10 million lei.

The money he makes will help him get through college, he says. He is doing his second degree, as he attended psychology courses also. He says his psychology studies helped him establish good relations with his customers, and got him through some difficult situation he had to face.
He says he often has to be careful in choosing his clientele and he refuses those who appear more perverted than he can accept. Adrian says he knows where to draw the line and tries to keep his job as respectable as possible. ''I actually don't like being called a gigolo, I prefer being referred to as a freelancer,'' he says.

Some ads for student prostitutes

''Female student, with no preconceived ideas, selling pleasure to generous clients.''

''Young male student, sexually gifted, offering intimate moments to ladies, gentlemen and couples.''

''Students, girlfriends, we make funky ideas come true. Call us 24/7!''

He got the idea of being a gigolo from an ad in a newspaper. This type of advertisement is very common in newspapers and on the Internet, as there isn't a law prohibiting them. Adrian initially teamed up with another girl and they started to offer shows, ''with or without customer involvement.'' Now Adrian has three girls for partners, one in law school, another studying psychology and the other studying international economic relations.

Dana is a Politehnica student who put her phone number into a newspaper just below an ad

saying ''Young woman, 19, elegant, discreet, offering company, own apartment, attractive price.''

She says she earns 600,000 lei an hour, and has been plying her trade for about a year now, ''not necessarily for the money''. She says she likes it, too. She does it even though her friends who know about it don't call her any more and, for the same reason, she doesn't have a good relationship with her parents.

Prostitution is illegal, but police do nothing about it, Adrian says. He had a few problems himself, but says ''it's been taken care of' by offering bribes or services to the officers.''

On the other hand, police say they have the situation under control. Commander Claudiu Flamanzeanu, from the General Police Department says street prostitution has been reduced by 60 per cent, and his team are working on putting illegal brothels in Bucharest out of business, especially those that employ minors.

''I can find no justification for those girls who choose to sell themselves rather than work. I pity them for getting there, but it is our job to eradicate the practice and guide them on the right track,'' he reckons.

Many students take up prostitution because they cannot provide for themselves otherwise. Larisa says she considers her job to be tolerable, not only because she chooses her customers, but also because she earns enough money for a decent living. She is considering giving it up, but only when she has a strong social position that ''only money can give me,'' she says.

Women's associations try to prevent young women from resorting to prostitution and offer free advice on the issue. ''We want prostitution controlled,'' says Liliana Pagu, president of the Association of Women in Romania .

Health authorities and the government in general have been reluctant to work with women's associations to solve the problem, says Ms Pagu. ''Those who should come together in preventing it don't do as much as they should,'' she says.

Meanwhile, Adrian and people like him don't see what they do as a problem, but as the only way to achieve their goals. Adrian dreams of his own massage salon and Larisa wants to open a hairdressing studio. Unlike her current trade, her hairstyling business ''won't be open exclusively to people with money,'' she says.

Ruxandra Gubernat is a final year student of journalism.

Vivid Student Life archive
May 2004

"I would no more be a Master than a slave. It does not conform to my idea of Democracy." Abraham Lincoln 1856.

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Jan 28 11 3:29 AM

I think prostitution is one of the biggest problems that needs to give more attention not only by the government but all the people. Some people, especially the young ones tend to do it because of financial problems. I hope that we can find other job opportunities for them that will support their financial needs.

Bob Morton
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Mar 31 11 5:31 AM

This is one of the biggest problem... i hope it will save this...

I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.

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Mar 31 11 12:34 PM

bobmorton Posted on January 28, 2011 03:29 am
  I think prostitution is one of the biggest problems that needs to give more attention not only by the government but all the people. Some people, especially the young ones tend to do it because of financial problems. I hope that we can find other job opportunities for them that will support their financial needs. 

What govt are you talking about?....... I have a grand Idea....... How about when a man or woman is convicted by the courts for prostutition offence the fine he/she pays is to reduce universtay tution fees for students........ buyinbg doint this , they would ahve to fuck less for their degree........

ok this link isnt about Romania but australia.

Keith Moor
From: Herald Sun
January 20, 2010 7:52PM


Students swayed by high uni fees

ASIAN-born Yuri is just one of the many international students who rely on working in Victoria's legal brothels to pay their way through university.

She has nothing but praise for the inner-city bordello where she has worked as a well paid prostitute for the past year.

"It is clean and safe, my customers are real gentlemen and the brothel operator treats me very well," said Yuri.

"I have made some good friends with other girls who work at the brothel.

"Several of them are also foreign students who use the money they make to pay their way through university.

"My uni fees are $25,000 a year and there is no way I could afford to stay and study in Melbourne if it were not for getting the brothel job.

"I am comfortable doing it, but my biggest fear is that my family, friends or fellow students will find out I am a sex worker."

Yuri hadn't worked as a prostitute before arriving in Melbourne from South Korea two years ago and very few people know what she does to pay for her study.

"My parents in particular would not like what I am doing, but I don't want my friends to know either," she told the Herald Sun.

"I tried to find other work when I arrived in Melbourne, but my English is not that great. I did waitress in a Korean restaurant for a while, but the pay was very poor.

"I became desperate and while looking in a magazine I read an article on work in a brothel. I was hesitant about applying at first; it is a big step.

"But I went in and the brothel owner made me very relaxed at the interview, so I decided to give it a go.

"The hours fit in very well with my heavy student workload. I used to do about three nightshifts a week and was paid about $500 a night, sometimes more.

"I have been able to save a lot of money and now usually only do one shift a week."

Yuri hopes that when she finishes her degree she will find work in the fashion industry in Melbourne.

"I want to stay here and if I get a full-time fashion job I will stop working in the brothel," she said.

A confidential State Government report has found up to 25 per cent of the prostitutes working in Victoria's brothel industry are students.

"Overall, students found sex work an effective mechanism to manage study, work and finances," the report said.

The report revealed one international student got a shock when her university tutor arrived as a client at the legal brothel she was working in, as did he.

"My masters is a professional qualification," she told the Monash University researchers who produced the report for Consumer Affairs Minister Tony Robinson.

"I have no scholarship for it so the fees are expensive. This work (prostitution) fits in well with the university schedule."

The report found students worked mainly in the legal brothel industry.

"Their youth makes them desirable workers and they are able to attract good clientele in the licensed section," it said. It also said male international students were working as managers within the industry.

what the news article dosen't tell you is that international students to Australia have to pay their university fees in advance. 99% of foreign asian students ( china, singapore, japan, malaysia , india, south korea and indoneisia come from well-to-do families...ie- families which have money....
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