26/02/2017 Points West


26/02/2017

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Good evening.

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A BBC Inside Out West investigation has found an increasing number

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of students in the Westcountry are turning to the sex

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work to pay their debts.

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As the cost of higher education has risen so has a new phenomenon

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called sugar dating, Rachel Stonehouse reports.

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The world of sugar dating is here.

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It's a world where the woman are called sugar babies

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and the men sugar daddies.

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Look online and you'll find dozens of students posting adverts

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for sugar relationships.

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It is like online dating but with one big difference,

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the man pays the woman for her company.

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Coco has been doing this for two years.

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She lives in a bedsit in Gloucester and dropped out

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of her college course last year because she couldn't

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afford the fees.

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Is there an expectation that you will have sex at some

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point with a sugar daddy.

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Yeah.

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I mean, for me, it's just like a normal relationship,

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the only differences I get money.

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Coco is one of a growing number of young people who are funding

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their education this way.

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A recent study by Swansea University found that 4.8% of UK students

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were involved in the sex industry.

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One psychologist is concerned about the impact of this.

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As debt has mushroomed so has the proportion of people who now

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openly admit to working in the sex industry.

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And what's the response been from universities.

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It's been really, kind of...

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I wouldn't even go as far as to say it's ignored.

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They try and brush it under the carpet, take no

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notice of it, deny it.

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Deny there is a problem.

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We contacted all five universities in the Westcountry to find out

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if they offered any help or advice for students involved in this.

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Only one acknowledged students are working in the sex industry

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but none had any support available for those who are.

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Rachel Stonehouse, Points West, Gloucester.

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And you can see the full report on sugar dating on Inside Out West

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tomorrow night at 7.30 on BBC1.

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The government is set to announce an ?8 million deal

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with Leonardo Helicopters in Somerset to help develop

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unmanned helicopter drones.

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The Ministry of Defence will work with the company to see how

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the technology could be used to support the military in future.

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There was a rare chance to walk inside a canal

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lock in Wiltshire today.

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The lock at Bradford-on-Avon has been drained to allow

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for major repairs.

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Today, the Canal and River Trust invited the public to climb down

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some temporary stairs into the chamber.

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Bristol Rugby beat Bath 12-11 at Ashton Gate,

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to record a vital win in their fight against relegation.

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Gavin Henson kicked all 12 points for Bristol,

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in his return from injury.

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Semesa Rokoduguni scored the only try of the game for Bath,

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but Rhys Priestland missed the conversion and Bristol held

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on to move just two points behind Worcester in the Premiership table.

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Henson was named man of the match.

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I was a bit nervous.

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I've been out for four months.

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The last thing I want to do is get injured again.

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The main thing I was thinking, just don't get injured.

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But once you cross over the line you're straight into the zone.

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I had to have a big performance today and so glad...

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The boys played as well so a great day.

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Bad news for Gloucester who lost 35-22 away to Wasps

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who secured a bonus point.

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The Cherry and Whites sit in ninth after the defeat,

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and have lost their last five away games in the Premiership.

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Finally, more than 400 students from across the UK have been

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competing in the final of a national robotics competition

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in Bristol today.

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The First Lego League is a science and technology challenge

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which runs across the world.

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Teams of students aged between nine and 16 have to solve a real-world

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problem with the help of a robot made from Lego.

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Let's get the weather now with Emily Wood.

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Hello.

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Some heavy showers to watch out for over the next couple of days.

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We have some dry and clearer weather for a time tonight

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and fairly breezy.

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Showers will arrive by first thing tomorrow morning.

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They will be on and off throughout the day with the risk of some hail

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and thunder and it could turn wintry on high ground as well.

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Some sunshine between the showers but it will feel cooler

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and breezy through the day.

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A bit more in the way of sunshine on Tuesday but locally

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heavy showers around.

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Some milder air on Wednesday but rain by the end of the day.

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It looks dry on Thursday.

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That's all from the Points West team for this evening.

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We're back in Breakfast news tomorrow morning.

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But for now, from me, a very goodnight.

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