The Canberra Times today carries a front page story with the heading "25pc of prostitutes students, says sex industry" (the CT’s website is generally a day out of date, so check here on Monday). As Andrew Norton has pointed out, this story gets written biennially, but the tone of this one is less critical of the phenomenon.
Another way of viewing it, which the journalist doesn’t mention, is that this might reflect the large number of prostitutes who are gaining skills to move out of the industry – suggesting that for a reasonable number of people, prostitution is a stepping stone job, rather than a dead end job. If you assume that prostitution will always exist, with some fixed level of demand, one might argue that it was better for people to stay in the industry for shorter periods.*
* Having thought about it for a while, I’m not sure what the socially optimal level of turnover is in prostitution – I’d be happy to get others’ thoughts on this. Of course, if you think prostitution should be illegal, this is a moot point.