By JESSICA SATHERLEY
Desperate measures: Emma Green, who is also a glamour model in South Wales and started webcam stripping to pay for her uni fees
After it was revealed yesterday that an increasing number of women are using the sex industry to pay their way through university, one woman has told her story of stripping while studying.
Emma Green, of Glamorgan, Wales, turned to stripping on a webcam for men and earned £200-a-week to fund her studies.
The 25-year-old, who studied multi-media design at Glamorgan University before spending another year at a beauty therapy college in 2009, says a normal part-time job was out of the question because of her intense course workload.
Glamour girl: Emma posing in a Nuts T-shirt at home
‘I loved both courses, but there were no grants, no funding. Nothing. I literally had nothing to live on’, she told The Sun.
Emma spoke out after the National Union of Students warned that as well as sex work, students are turning to gambling and medical experiments to pay for their education.
Battling the recession: Emma says she'll continue stripping until she can find a full time job, but says there aren't any for young people at the moment and she's just getting through the recession
Emma said some weeks she was living on as little as £40 before stripping and after claiming a student loan, she found herself buried in debt.
A friend told her about the webcam work and informed her that all she needed was a computer with a camera
‘It seemed too good to be true so I tried it out and I must admit the first time I was nervous and didn’t make much money,’ Emma told the newspaper.
‘But after a few goes and the initial shock of going topless and stripping down to my thong, I began to get used to it’, she added.
Independent woman: Emma says she doing her best to earn her own money without having to live off the state
'There is a generous package of financial support to help with living costs in the form of loans and non-repayable grants.
'Our reforms will make the system even fairer, with more financial support and lower monthly repayments once you are in well-paid work.'