For a sugar daddy willing to pay up, the site says it verifies his identity, annual income, and net worth and then ensures his profile gets the most traction by continually allowing it to pop up in the top tier of search results.Educated, debt-ridden 20-somethings happen to be an age demographic that intersects nicely with Jack's preferences."I only go out with girls 25 and under," says Jack, whose thick head of white hair and bushy eyebrows form a halo around a red, flushed face."But I can't walk into a bar and go up to a 25-year-old. So, this is how I go about meeting them." As he continues, he repeatedly glances over his shoulder to make sure no one is listening.Besides moving back home, many 20-somethings are beginning their adult lives shouldering substantial amounts of student loan debt.According to Mark Kantrowitz, who publishes the financial aid websites and Finaid.org, while the average 2011 graduate finished school with about ,200 in debt, many are straining to pay off significantly greater loans. This particular dynamic preceded the economic meltdown, of course.
The site also includes a complimentary stamp on student profiles, certifying them as a "college sugar baby." Wade sees his company as providing a unique service, a chance for "men and women living through tough economic times to afford college." He bristles at the notion that he's merely running a thinly veiled, digital bordello, choosing instead to describe his site as one that facilitates "mutually beneficial relationships." Taylor doesn't explicitly refer to what she was doing in Greenwich as prostitution, but she now allows that her primary motivation was, indeed, money.
"Most of these young women have debt from school," says Jack, who finds most young women also carry an average of ,000 in credit-card debt.
"I guess I like the college girls more because I think of their student debt as good debt. Wade, who started Seeking Arrangement back in 2006, can easily identify with the Jacks of the world.
He changed into his swimming trunks, she put on a skimpy bathing suit, and then, by the side of his pool, she rubbed sunscreen into the folds of his sagging back -- bracing herself to endure an afternoon of sex with someone she suspected was actually about 30 years her senior.
Taylor doubted that her client could relate to someone who had grown up black and poor in the South Bronx. A month prior, faced with about ,000 in unpaid tuition and overdue bills, Taylor and her roommate typed "tuition," "debt," and "money for school" into Google. Intrigued by the promise of what the site billed as a "college tuition sugar daddy," Taylor created a "sugar baby" profile and eventually connected with the man from Greenwich.