‘Sugaring:’ Super smart, or sleazy? USF coeds taking advantage of ‘dating’ site

(Source: seekingarrangement.com homepage)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s called “sugaring” and it’s the latest way Bay Area college girls are putting themselves through school.

Young ladies are paying off staggering student loans and often living lavish lifestyles as they, in turn, provide companionship to wealthy men.

These “Sugar babies,” as they’re called, enter into what they describe as a “mutually-beneficial,” no-strings-attached relationship.

Coeds tell News Channel 8 it’s not about emotions, it’s about economics.

Young ladies who are drowning in debt have taken to “sugar dating” as a way to battle the skyrocketing cost of tuition.

The website, seekingarrangement.com, showcases the sugar baby and sugar daddy profiles.

While college students join the website for free, wealthy men pay up to $2,500 to join.

Six Florida schools rank in the most popular sugar baby hot-spots. The University of South Florida ranked 12th largest-growing “Sugar Baby University” in the country.

How is this legal?

According to FindLaw.com, “a sugar daddy relationship becomes prostitution when there is a specific agreement to exchange cash or material possessions for sex.”

“That agreement usually must be explicit and consummate almost immediately, which is why most sugar daddies are legal.  Couples tend to arrange their relationship so sex is not an explicit or dominant requirement.”

The website said instead, couples usually agree to social events, companionship and compensation.

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