Broke College Girls Find Dubious Job: Sugar Baby
With soaring tuition, crap job market, women find controversial way to pay debts
By Sarah Whitmire, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2011 7:05 PM CDT
SeekingArrangement.com's founder estimates 35% of it's roughly 800,000 members are financially-troubled college students.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Amid soaring college tuition and a persistently terrible job market, college co-eds are increasingly turning to a thinly-veiled version of the world's oldest profession to get the bills and loans paid, reports the Huffington Post. Websites such as SeekingArrangement.com allow women to advertise themselves as "sugar babies" seeking a "sugar daddy" to dote on them, pay for dates, and most importantly, offer cash in exchange for, er, company. But college women now make up as much as 35% of all sugar babies, the website's founder estimates.

"These college women didn't see themselves as sex workers, but women doing straight-up prostitution often don't see themselves that way, either," a Las Vegas sociology professor says. These websites operate lawfully since simply advertising for a sugar daddy or sugar baby is within the realm of legality, a second sociology professor says. It's a set-up many men find to their liking—as young, educated women are a cross-section of the female population older suitors feel is often inaccessible. "I only go out with girls 25 and under," says "Jack," who claims to be 67 on his profile. "But I can't walk into a bar and go up to a 25-year-old. They'd think I'm a pervert. So, this is how I go about meeting them."

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Plato
Aug 2, 2011 7:43 PM CDT
These young women had ever opportunity to know how much their degree was going to cost. They certain knew how much money they were spending getting it. They had good reason to know if their degree would provide them a well paying job or not and how much they would oue and have to pay back. No I do not feel sorry for them. They should have made better choices. If they decided to turn to prostitution to pay off debt that is their business, if they break the law doing it they should be tried and if convicted fairly sentenced.
Fatquah
Aug 2, 2011 3:02 PM CDT
Well, this will certainly counter that stereotype that all women are whores deep inside.
Mr_Joshua
Aug 2, 2011 10:23 AM CDT
Would you like a sweetie little girl ? They're in my pocket, that's it, just put your hand in there and take one.... And you can call me..............Chester the Molester