"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.
"College students are one of the biggest segments of our sugar babies and the numbers are growing all the time." Wade rewards students who use a email address to register on Seeking Arrangement by automatically upgrading their free, basic membership to a premium membership, allowing them to send unlimited free messages and granting them exclusive access to the site's cadre of VIP sugar daddies.
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.
"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.
But unlike other dating sites, where a user might also list preferred hobbies or desired traits, Taylor instead indicates preferences for a "sugar daddy" and an "arrangement" in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 a month.