Voice Letters: Readers Weigh In on Student Sex Workers, Counterfeits on Canal
Illustration by Autumn Whitehurst
OMG.... They all do it now. Have you heard of webcams?! And they make more money at it than what they are going to school for.
— Kevin Stroh
CUNY is 10 percent of their [NYU's] price and they even share professors. You want NYU? Go to CUNY and study hard and get work with them, then they will pay your tuition.
— Sara Vallejo Novoa
I'd choose a cheaper school rather than sell my precious lil body. God forbid you can't pay your Lower Manhattan rent and go to NYU!
— Halina Shatravka
Very sad article that says more about the current state of the U.S. economy and the business of higher education than anything else. There are many non-students that fall into this line of work as well, and the fact that the young woman had to subject herself to being a slave in a dungeon was really the ultimate depressing image.
— Glenn Krasner
I had two college students in my class who were strippers. Great students, wonderful girls. Both told me the key to being a stripper is don't do drugs and don't believe any man has your best interests [in mind]. Both paid for their education in cash, have gone on to great jobs, and I love them. They also told me how rigged strip clubs are and how guys fall for it. These girls are coached to get maximum money. A few words, a few peeps, guys go for it every time.
— Carolyn Rose Milner
Or choose a good major that is in high demand and makes decent money, and you'll have no problem paying off your loans. Dumb millennials.
— Julius Scipio
Free until you get beaten, disfigured, or killed by a john.
— Kayti Sullivan
I'm sure there were articles in the Village Voice in the Sixties and Seventies discussing the same subject.
— Danny Bigelow
NYC: the place of dreams.
— Fatima Rizwan Sheikh
Or you can choose computer science and be just fine.
— Ruslon Kasymov
There is a lot of blaming the students here. Maybe we need to think about the high cost of tuition in this country. I'm all for sex work if you really feel you want to do it, but a lot of people don't have another option. That needs to change. NYU owns this entire city and their tuition is one of the highest in the country. They have driven up rent costs and taken over iconic buildings. Stop shaming these students, and let's do something about affordable education.
It's a diabolical setup, all the way.
— Sheila Kirbos
Your article "Work-Study, Manhattan Style" is coming at the right time. The obvious reaction should be the legalization of prostitution in New York State — which would bring tons of money into the coffers of the city. The sex workers would be registered and every week they would have to provide proof of a medical examination.
— Willy Machan
Leave [the vendors] alone. They are not misrepresenting the product as real. Supply and demand.
— Rodney Howard
Almost every day I see a homeless man sitting on the steps.
— Lee Whelchel
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Haven't seen the movie, but this is some of the smartest writing on Spielberg I've seen.
— Roy Edroso