London, Aug 27 (ANI): A study about the lap dancing industry in UK has revealed that one in four lap dancers has a degree and only joined the profession for the money.
The yearlong study, which includes interviews with 300 dancers, showed that all the women interviewed had finished school and gained some qualifications.
Almost 90 percent had at least completed a further education course, while one in four had undergraduate degrees.t also showed that just over one in three dancers were currently in some form of education, with 14 percent using dancing to help fund an undergraduate degree.
The average dancer took home 232 pounds per shift after paying commission and fees to the nightclub, and most who work two to four shifts a week make an annual income of 24,000 pounds to 48,000 pounds.
Dr Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy from the University of Leeds conducted the research, which found that the vast majority of dancers reported high levels of job satisfaction, with most citing flexibility as the main attraction of the job.
But the academics called for better regulation to improve dancers' safety, including the banning of private booths in clubs.
'There's not enough security. I know of girls who have been raped and abused at work. You cannot go to the police as you are a stripper, so there's no legal standing," the Telegraph quoted a dancer as saying.
Dr Sanders said she had been surprised at the "endless supply of women" wanting to enter the profession.
"These women are incredibly body confident. I think there is something of a generational cultural difference," she said.
"These young women do not buy the line that they are being exploited, because they are the ones making the money out of a three-minute dance and a bit of a chat," she added. (ANI)