Undercover investigation reveals shocking ‘sponsorship’ deals being offered to cash-strapped students
Students are being offered up to £15,000 a year to cover their
university studies in exchange for having sex with a stranger, an
undercover investigation by The Independent has revealed.
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”.
But in a secretly filmed encounter with an Independent
reporter posing as a student, a male “assessor” from the website asked
that she undertake a “practical assessment” with him at a nearby flat to prove “the level of intimacy” she was prepared to give before being permitted to find a sponsor online.
He said this was required for “quality control”. He told her that the more she was prepared to do, the more money she would get.
website’s claims to have a roster of hundreds of students could not be
verified. The reporter asked for evidence that scholarships had been
awarded and was told that she would have to come back to the flat with
But the requirement for potential “scholars” to submit to
a “practical assessment” raises fears that young women students may
have been exploited.
Young women facing financial hardship brought on by the rise in the cost of studying were urged tonight not to be tempted into using the website.
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