Jennifer Sunseri lost her job as an assistant professor in 2009. Now, after nearly three years of unemployment, no health insurance, and diminished hopes of finding a new job, she’s earning money by anonymously writing “model papers” for college and graduate students–in other words, helping them cheat, the Huffington Post reports.
“It’s highly unethical, though completely legal,” Sunseri said in an email when she first started writing for an essay mill in February.”As a former professor, this is the equivalent of prostitution to me. However, I’m behind on my rent and I have not seen a doctor in three years. Moreover, I am 53, have no kids or spouse or inheritance to help me out when I can no longer work, and I’ve already dipped into my retirement.”