I have been doing some freelance writing and am enjoying it. Most of the time I receive a message that says something similar to "Can you do a press release?" Or other times, "I need fifteen articles on dogs." I have no problem with either of these. They are willing to pay and I am willing to write. It is a win-win situation.
At least it was
I wrote the client--who is not the one requesting the thesis. This is one of those contractor, subcontractor, peon things. The peon being me. Anyway, I wrote and informed him that I earned three college degrees while raising three children and I didn't pay anyone to do my work. Then I told him as an educator, I found it reprehensible that someone would buy a thesis to submit for evaluation before being granted a Master's degree.
Plagiarism has always been a problem. From the beginning of time, students have turned in papers that they copied from someone else. Now we have software, like copyscape to catch plagiarism.
Well professors, guess what? There is a new form of plagiarism on the scene. It is called freelancing. You won't find the paper when you run it through copyscape. Your student has gone on a website and hired someone else to write his paper. By the way, I was offered all of $20 to do the research and write the 2000 word thesis. I don't think so.
I'm at a loss on how to stop this one. As long as there are contractors out there that are willing to take the students' money and then hire someone else to write the paper, it will continue. If I were still teaching, I'd question each of my students on the thesis they submit. If they couldn't support the writing with answers to difficult questions, they wouldn't be granted a Master's degree in anything except Bologna.