Vanessa, who did not want her full name used for privacy reasons, describes herself as a “sugar baby” — part of a growing population of primarily college women who are turning to men of means to make ends meet amid soaring expenses.
The arrangement is nothing new, but increasing tuition and student-loan debt paired with the ease of joining a site that facilitates these relationships are contributing to an increase of Colorado sugar baby relationships.
In total, 175 CU sugar babies were registered on the site by the end of 2015, according to the site.
A 43-year-old Greeley-based sugar daddy who uses Seeking Arrangement and spoke on condition of anonymity for privacy reasons, has gone on at least 50 dates with sugar babies since he started using the site in September, he said.
“Are they consenting, or is this just, ‘I really need to get a college degree, and I can’t do that working at Starbucks a few hours a week.’ Yes, legally, they’re adults, but it just seems highly exploitative to me.” Though Seeking Arrangement, clients self-report their ages, the website tries to make sure the babies are not younger than 18. we manually approve or deny each profile, picture and account before it is ever live on the site, meaning e-mail and reverse image searches to make sure that people are of age,” said website spokeswoman Brook Urick.
“In addition to that, we suspend anyone from the site who is suspected of being underage.” Local law enforcement agencies say that because the site was set up like a dating website and advertised as facilitating consensual connections, it is not illegal.
It takes about 14 days from the first day of the last menstrual period for conception to take place and thus for the conceptus to form.
The age from this point in time (conception) is called the fertilization age and is thus 2 weeks shorter than the gestational age.