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Seeking Arrangement: College Students Using 'Sugar Daddies' To Pay Off Loan Debt
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Source: Huffington Post

NEW YORK -- On a Sunday morning in late May, Taylor left her Harlem apartment and boarded a train for Greenwich, Conn. She planned on spending the day with a man she had met online, but not in person. Taylor, a 22-year-old student at Hunter College, had confided in her roommate about the trip and they agreed to swap text messages during the day to make sure she was safe.

Once in Greenwich, a man who appeared significantly older than his advertised age of 42 greeted Taylor at the train station and then drove her to the largest house she had ever seen. 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. While he summered on Martha's Vineyard, she'd likely pass another July and August working retail in Times Square. A love match it wasn't. But then again, this was no ordinary date.

A month prior, faced with about $15,000 in unpaid tuition and overdue bills, Taylor and her roommate typed "tuition," "debt," and "money for school" into Google. A website called popped up. 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. ("Taylor" is the pseudonym she uses with men she meets online. Neither she nor any of the other women interviewed for this article permitted their real names be used.)

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  -Seeking Arrangement: College Students Using 'Sugar Daddies' To Pay Off Loan Debt onehandle  Aug-01-11 09:18 AM   #0 
  - job creators  Enrique   Aug-01-11 09:20 AM   #1 
  - Republicon Family Values in action: "Pull yourself up by your own bikini strap"  SpiralHawk   Aug-01-11 09:22 AM   #3 
     - could be one of "our" job creators  Enrique   Aug-01-11 09:26 AM   #6 
  - This is a Republican wet dream - literally.  closeupready   Aug-01-11 09:21 AM   #2 
  - If you think only Republicans do this, you are sadly mistaken.  Ikonoklast   Aug-01-11 09:25 AM   #4 
  - You're absolutely right about that.  truthisfreedom   Aug-01-11 10:09 AM   #15 
     - "help out a girlfriend financially"  marions ghost   Aug-01-11 12:10 PM   #24 
     - He's kidding himself - what ever happened to the mantra that if you  hedgehog   Aug-01-11 03:15 PM   #32 
  - I saw a shit load of wrinkled Democrat lawmakers taking a trip  WCGreen   Aug-01-11 03:09 PM   #31 
  - personal choices in action. other available options declined nt  msongs   Aug-01-11 09:25 AM   #5 
  - Ah, the personal choice memo.  blackspade   Aug-01-11 09:49 AM   #8 
  - Yes, she should have chosen not to be stalked by predatory lenders  Orrex   Aug-01-11 09:53 AM   #9 
  - Any choice that she has will be considered irresponsible at this point.  ehrnst   Aug-01-11 10:07 AM   #13 
     - +1  MrsBrady   Aug-01-11 03:29 PM   #33 
  - Well...well....I got nothing. I read it all.  Solly Mack   Aug-01-11 09:45 AM   #7 
  - Still doesn't help me for college.  socialshockwave   Aug-01-11 09:54 AM   #10 
  - Look for a sugar mama  zalinda   Aug-01-11 10:06 AM   #12 
  - LOL, true.  socialshockwave   Aug-01-11 10:08 AM   #14 
     - Believe me, I know.  zalinda   Aug-01-11 12:31 PM   #26 
  - Yep. Supply vs. Demand.  HughBeaumont   Aug-01-11 10:10 AM   #16 
  - that changes  shanti   Aug-01-11 11:44 AM   #19 
  - They have male sugar babies too  Courtesy Flush   Aug-01-11 10:11 AM   #17 
  - You *could* always rent yourself out as a  Ikonoklast   Aug-01-11 12:10 PM   #23 
  - There are a lot of people doing things they don't want to do to pay for college  aikoaiko   Aug-01-11 10:05 AM   #11 
  - To each his or her own, I guess.  MineralMan   Aug-01-11 10:28 AM   #18 
  - "It worked out OK for her..."  marions ghost   Aug-01-11 11:59 AM   #20 
     - Some will deeply regret it, I'm sure. Others won't.  MineralMan   Aug-01-11 12:27 PM   #25 
     - Most will regret it  marions ghost   Aug-01-11 03:30 PM   #34 
     - People can make their own choices.  lumberjack_jeff   Aug-01-11 12:33 PM   #27 
        - Not about choices  marions ghost   Aug-01-11 03:04 PM   #29 
        - We all did stupid stuff when we were young adults.  lumberjack_jeff   Aug-01-11 03:59 PM   #35 
           - I'm not saying it is not consent  marions ghost   Aug-01-11 04:19 PM   #36 
        - So lets get rid of minimum wage laws and worker protections..  girl gone mad   Aug-02-11 02:22 AM   #42 
  - I guess it beats having 25% of your wages garnished at $9/hr.  hobbit709   Aug-01-11 12:02 PM   #21 
  - MTV reality 'True Life' showed how common this was. The older wealthy males  Liberal_in_LA   Aug-01-11 12:08 PM   #22 
  - All aspects of the "sex industry" flourish when females are impoverished.  WinkyDink   Aug-01-11 12:39 PM   #28 
  - See? Cutting opportunities and government help DOES spur entrepreneurship! This is great!  Brickbat   Aug-01-11 03:06 PM   #30 
  - The saddest part is that it was his generation who saddled hers with so much debt.  Maven   Aug-01-11 08:19 PM   #37 
  - Why is this news?  Blecht   Aug-01-11 08:27 PM   #38 
  - So how does a fat old man  buckrogers1965   Aug-02-11 01:00 AM   #39 
  - If I thought  canetoad   Aug-02-11 01:42 AM   #40 
  - Since I will not cross the virtual picket line at the HuffPo... any mention that most of the rest of  Luminous Animal   Aug-02-11 02:18 AM   #41 
  - Nope, not a word.  girl gone mad   Aug-02-11 05:10 AM   #43 
  - Do we need separate threads each time a whore turns to whoring?  Lance_Boyle   Aug-02-11 06:29 AM   #44 
     - Thanks for the  marions ghost   Aug-02-11 07:43 AM   #45 

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