Hay-on-Wye's former brothel keeper helps sex trade research

Ledbury Reporter: Becky Adams Becky Adams

A FORMER brothel madam from Hay-on-Wye is helping university researchers look at the student sex industry.

Becky Adams, who went to primary school in Glasbury and then to Brecon Convent, was a brothel madam who ran escort agencies and adult shops in Buckinghamshire for 25 years.

The 44-year-old, known as Madam Becky, is now working with the University of Swansea on a three-year project looking at why students enter the sex trade. The student sex workers project began in June after securing £489,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Madam Becky, who wrote about growing up on the Herefordshire border in her award-winning book Madam, entered the sex industry in the mid-1990s. 

The mother-of-two and grandmother believes financial pressures have made it more acceptable for young people to turn to sex work, ranging from erotic dancing and phone sex to escort work and work in the porn industry.

She has advised young people not to get involved but, if they do, to plan an exit.

The university project is being carried out in collaboration with the Terrence Higgins Trust, the Integrated Sexual Health Clinic, Cardiff and Vale NHS, NUS Wales and Newport Film School.

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10:34am Tue 8 Jan 13

Vic Vomitello says...

44???? It must be a very tough life in the sex industry.
44???? It must be a very tough life in the sex industry. Vic Vomitello

12:05pm Tue 8 Jan 13

basil jones says...

489 000.00 pounds to find out why ? The conclusion will be earth shattering ! Something called money I suspect.
489 000.00 pounds to find out why ? The conclusion will be earth shattering ! Something called money I suspect. basil jones

1:46pm Tue 8 Jan 13

silentbull says...

OLD NEWS i read this over 6months ago in another paper
OLD NEWS i read this over 6months ago in another paper silentbull

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