Academic research from the University of Leeds has found that one in four women who work as a lap dancer in Britain has a university degree, while one in three women were in some form of education, with about 14 per cent working to fund an undergraduate course and about six per cent to fund a postgraduate degree. The majority of dancers like their work, and say they were not pressured into the job. Instead, they chose lap dancing for the money or because it complemented their main careers. “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,” said Dr. Teela Sanders, one of the researchers on the year-long study. On average, a lap dancer took home 232 pounds for a shift after paying the club commission and fees, giving most an annual income of between 24,000 and 48,000 pounds.
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