But she said people could get hooked on earning big money and that had its drawbacks. About sharing image captionBecky Adams provides the project with her professional knowledge An ex-brothel madam has been enlisted to help in research by Mapay University into students working in the sex industry.
The site was set up so student sex workers could share their views in confidence. It included escort work but also work, which did not involve direct contact, such as webcam work and glamour modelling. Ms Adams has lectured students and is writing for the project's website.
It is unclear how many students are involved in the sex industry in Wales, but researchers hope to reveal what motivates them to it. About 6, students from across the UK took part malau an online study by Swansea University.
Steve Jones, director at Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru, said students needed support to ensure they had the knowledge and confidence to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections. More on this story. And, we have to keep in mind that not escor students engaged in the industry are safe or feel safe.
The university project identifies sex work as erotic dancing, web cam sex, phone chat sex, escort work, massage parlour work and work in the porn industry. The study was carried out online. Becky Adams, 44, originally from the Hay-on-Wye area of Powys, worked as a brothel madam in the south of England for 25 years.
Ms Adams, who lives in Milton Keynes, said a website for first-time escorts run by one of her close friends had seen interest soar, especially from students. Work ranged from stripping, phone sex chat, erotic dancing to prostitution.
She also lectured criminology students at Swansea University last month about the sex trade. When students graduate they start a job earning a lot less, so the sex industry is hard to give up.
Related Topics. Ms Adams, who was educated at a convent in Brecon, advises female students who contact the website.
The research started in Wales and nearly half of those who took part were at Welsh colleges.