London: A study has revealed that most of the women who have taken up stripping in clubs have done it just so they can pay for their degrees.
The study, conducted by Dr Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy, from Leeds University, revealed that just over one in three lap-dancers were in higher education.
It also found that fourteen percent were using the work to help fund a degree after earning an average of 48,000 pounds a year.
One such person who has shed her clothes to fund her education is Jaya Rowett, 25, who is a single mom.
Rowett, from Plymouth, revealed how she stripped throughout her law studies, only to find out she wants to do medicine instead.
"I was over the moon when I got a place at uni to study law. I have a little girl, Paige, aged seven, and the degree was for our future. But I knew it would be expensive," the Sun quoted her as saying.
"I started at the University of the West of England, then transferred to Exeter. The tuition fees were 3,000 pounds a year.
"I needed to start saving so asked about a bar job at a lap-dancing club called Temptations in Plymouth before I started my course.
"When I heard how much money I could make stripping I quickly decided it was a better option than pulling pints. My first shift I made 700 pounds and each shift could make me 300 pounds to 800 pounds.
"I had 40 hours of study a week but went from lectures to lap-dancing, swapping jeans and trainers for sexy dresses and high heels.
"After studying law for two years I realised it wasn’t for me. I am reapplying to do medicine, working part-time as a secretary and care assistant while I secure a place.
"I hope to start next September. My goal is to be a GP. It is a five-year course so I’m planning to lap-dance to pay my way again.
"I’m a smart girl and it can be frustrating the only way to make enough is to get naked. But I’m investing in my family’s future. Until I qualify I’ll do whatever I have to do to pay for my degree," she added.