By crosschecking users’ photos with those on and Backpage.com, as well as monitoring conversations between members, Wade says he is able to weed out the escorts posting on his site.
With tuition on the rise, that number will likely continue to climb.
While some may compare the practice to prostitution or question the morality of trading money and gifts for affection, the people who use these sites contend that they’re merely a conduit for both parties getting what they want. Men who engage in such relationships, many of whom are older and married, enjoy taking care of young women and assuming a mentor role in their lives, said Steven Pasternack, who launched in 2002.
“Some of them just wanted to go out to eat,” she said. Some of them just said outright, ‘Can we (have sex) for this amount of money?
’ And I’ve said no.” But she admits that sex ups the ante — if a sugar baby consents to an intimate relationship, she’s likely to get more gifts out of her benefactor.
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“You have some guys who like to spoil and pamper their women by taking them out to nice dinners, buying them gifts.
Some maybe help with the utility bills or take them on trips,” Pasternack added.
“In my heart of hearts I don’t really like the situation,” Cervantes said.
“Right now it’s a survival mechanism.” Sugardaddie.com’s Pasternack said the relationship between a sugar baby and sugar daddy is all about perspective.
She said she doesn’t consider herself a prostitute because she doesn’t have sex with most of the men she meets through the site.