The cost of college has risen so dramatically and the fear of getting into debt has spiraled so much that some young women are doing whatever is required today to take care of “business.” And some older men (and those who enable them) are more than ready to help them do it.
Some young women have been selling their bodies for college cash — and see absolutely nothing wrong with it. At least at first — and at least that's what they're willing to say publicly.
"So the oldest profession in the world is now a college course?" commented one father of four from New York, who said he was dismayed and saddened by this trend.
The rise of tuition and fees, exponential student loan debt — plus the ease of joining websites that help foster these relationships — are contributing to a hike in the so-called "sugar daddy" and "sugar baby" relationships.
A website called Seeking Arrangement, while not the only dating website around, contains this rather sexually charged promo line: "Relationships on your terms: Where beautiful, successful people fuel mutually beneficial arrangements."
The site is free to join, and its founder and creator, Brendan Wade, claims to guarantee privacy for members: "Unlike other dating websites, it's my commitment to operate our business ethically," he says on the site. "This means caring about your privacy, encrypting identifiable data, and never employing fake profiles or software bots. When we say there are more women than men, we guarantee it."
As for the definition of a sugar daddy, the site gets right to the point. This is about "successful men and women who know what they want. They're driven, and enjoy attractive company by their side. Money isn't an issue, thus they are generous when it comes to supporting a sugar baby."
As for the sugar babies, they are "attractive people looking for the finer things in life. They appreciate exotic trips and gifts. Sugar babies get to experience a luxurious lifestyle, and meet wealthy people on a regular basis."
All by just joining a website and sharing a few details in order to find a companion (and selling their souls and integrity in the process).
A 20-year-old British student who uses the website told Sky News not long ago that she earns about £2,000 a month (close to $2,900) from her "arrangement," which — yes — is sexual. She told that publication, "I've saved quite a lot. It pays for my travel, my books. I haven't had to take out a student loan. I've been quite well off."
But she also admitted the vast dangers that go along with this endeavor. "There's a very fine line between prostitution and being a sugar baby," she said. "Students are so vulnerable because it's quick money and they need money."
A married 62-year-old sugar daddy who is currently paired up with not one — but four — sugar babies told Sky News with apparent glee: "I wouldn't be able to meet girls as young and as beautiful as this through an ordinary dating website." He also admitted that "sex is an integral part of the site." He added that consensual relationships were "really appropriate for students" looking to add to their bank accounts.
"What a great way to get a little bit of extra pocket money, and much better than having to spend eight hours slogging in a bar earning the minimum wage," this man said.
What a great way to corrupt our young people who are just starting out in life — what a great way for them to corrupt themselves. And what a great way for them to be exposed to all kinds of dangers, including physical illness and infection, psychological and emotional confusion, and mental anguish for perhaps years to come. All for the almighty dollar.
We're betting Mom and Dad don't know a thing — or in some cases, might even be looking the other way.