Are 'Sugar Babies' Prostitutes?

Living 2011/08/04 11:00:00
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She needs money to pay off her college loans. He's rich and looking for a woman half his age.

If he pays her for sex, is it prostitution?

The Huffington Post interviewed users of a website called SeekingArrangement.com, which supposedly sets up these kinds of exchanges.

As of 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, the site appeared to be down.

The HuffPo interviewed a 22-year old college student named "Taylor," who spent the day with a wealthy man she met on SeekingArrangement.com after setting up a "sugar baby" profile (in her profile, she expressed desire for a "sugar daddy" and an "arrangement" in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 a month).

The man said he was 42, but she thought he was more like 52. Nevertheless, she had sex with him -- for $350 in cash.

"I just wanted to get it over and done with as quickly as possible," Taylor told the HuffPo. "I just wanted to get out of that situation as safely as possible, pay off my debt, and move on."

As for the "daddies," one 70-year-old named "Jack" calls himself a "humanitarian" interested in helping young women pay off their school debt.

"I only go out with girls 25 and under," he said. "But I can't walk into a bar and go up to a 25-year-old. They'd think I'm a pervert. So, this is how I go about meeting them."

Are these people kidding themselves to the point that they don't even realize they're engaging in prostitution?
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  • alex 2011/08/04 13:26:47
    " If he pays her for sex, is it prostitution? "
    Hmmm..there's something incredibly stupid about that sentence I can't quite put my finger on.
    Prostitution for a good cause is still prostitution XDXD

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  • joel.lee.3979 2013/09/07 17:00:05
    Sugar Dating is soo legal that Newt Gingrich and Anna Nicole Smith did it with no legal consequence. If they got into trouble during sugar dating, a team of dream team lawyers may argue that it is a gift, not a payment, and the relationship is noncommercial. They will most likely get off if the dream team lawyers argue that. Here are some of the cases the dream team lawyers may uses in such cases. The court overturned the conviction of a woman who attempt to trade tickets for sex based on the fact that the court ruled her actions were not commercial sex so the attempt prostitution laws do not apply (See Commonwealth v. Finkelstein and Commonwealth v Stephanie Ann Danko 281 Pa.Super. 97 (1980) 421 A.2d 1165 ). In this court case, the court in this case declares payment mistress-lovers relationship to be gifts and not prostitution income. (See UNITED STATES of America, v. Lynnette HARRIS and Leigh Ann Conley 942 F.2d 1125 ) Also the NY court ruled that it was not the legislators’ intent to outlaw mistress-lover’s relationship when they enacted the prostitution statutes. (See Cherry v. Koch 129 Misc. 2d 346, 491 N.Y.S.2d 934 ). These rulings don’t apply to escorts because they are in commercial relationships with their clients. (See IDK, INC., v. COUNTY OF CLARK 836 F.2d 1185).
  • UrbanHillbilly 2011/10/06 13:21:57
    There's prostitution and there's prostitution. Get this straight. Legally, if a girl has sex for money, it's all the same thing. Fisically and psychologically, there are a lot of different things. A girl that makes an arrangement with a rich man to entertain him sexually and otherwise is only going to suffer becoming addicted to easy money. Should she go on to having sex a $30.00 a pop, her vagina will be devistated, and there's no telling what that does to one's mind.
  • Louis 2011/08/28 19:51:57
    A 70 yo looking for a women 25 and under? Creepy... 70 yo women 25 creepy creepy gif
  • Heidi 2011/08/10 03:03:04
    if you have to pay for sex it....does that just answer the question.

    Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment (Wikipedia)
  • JoeKnows 2011/08/09 07:00:31
    The difference between sugar babies and prostitutes is you only have to put up with the prostitutes crap for an hour.
  • adhikari 2011/08/08 02:47:05
    Dear Friends, This question is riddle in so many global crisis especially facing by women & men across United States from here on to start to solve this crisis I will try to solve with all of you, Any form of Prostitution is not legal, but it exists how to reward the price of anything of partner for the amount of life exchange for it allowed by woman i.e. partner has ability to retain conceptus with barrier or without barrier; those who want to introduce a partner for it if have ability to swift count of wealth at inappropiate can have desire for things beyond reach.Protect US women & men from abuse. God blesses you.
  • ...Kat... 2011/08/07 23:45:19
    By definition, yes. But then, aren't we all? We barter for everything. We all give and receive. I don't believe prostitution is all so bad, depending on the whole situation.
  • ruthannhausman 2011/08/07 20:21:34
    Kinda follows the definition, doesn't it?
  • venus 2011/08/07 17:31:42
    she doesn't have a pimp
  • Son of thunder 2011/08/06 20:31:00
    Son of thunder
    Some times!
  • dana 2011/08/05 15:36:13
    no cause shes not getting paid for sex shes getting paid to be his woman theres a differance
  • hannah 2011/08/05 14:12:30
    anytime someone is paying someone for sex it is prostitution. ugh i dont know how she could even have the guts to do something so immoral and degrading. thats just...EW.
  • concerned dude 2011/08/05 13:48:40
  • bladedancer 2011/08/05 13:40:41
    a suger baby is given gifts at iregular times or on a set schedual independant of personal servics given to the suger daddy/mommy, even if the SB doesnt meet the SD/M that month and recieves no more gifts for time in bed than would otherwise. prostitutes only get paid if there is sex and it occurs when the sex happens. sadly many prostitutes may hide behind the term SB or the person may not understand the differance and behave as a prost when trying to be SB.
  • Rocky 2011/08/05 13:04:48
    If the "Sugar Baby" takes "GIFT", she is guilty of Prostitution. What you are not going to get her, or the man to admit is thier mutual arrangement on remuneration for her, supplying the mans...ah....er...sexual needs!
  • logan48227 2011/08/05 12:53:50
    If it looks like a hooker, sounds like a hooker, & takes money for sex like a hooker, then its a hooker.
  • ed 2011/08/05 12:37:38
    And a woman who walks the street and does it, is wrong? This is the problem---how is this legal and a streetwalker is a criminal? Escort services, massage parlors, strip clubs, and everything in-between. Prostitution is prostitution---legalise it, regulate it and move on. It's just sex, natural as sunshine. Mature adults only need apply tho....
  • Hsmagst 2011/08/05 11:20:13
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2011/08/05 10:56:23
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    They cost a lot more than prostitutes. The working man gets a hooker, the rich man has a Sugar Babe, a Muslim has 4 wives.
  • cowboy 2011/08/05 10:49:53
    No pimp is involved.
  • UrbanHi... cowboy 2011/10/06 13:25:12
    A whore doesn't need a pimp.
  • in vino veritas 2011/08/05 10:36:34
  • Just Jenn for Now 2011/08/05 09:55:07
    Just Jenn for Now
    Sure, but so what? Prostitution is what is is, sugar babies or otherwise. Not a big deal really.
  • Robbb 2011/08/05 09:40:32
    No and yes.In the past a girl would take a boy or man home and introduce him to her parents and her parents would see if he was financially secure or a good prospect and then give their blessing. this seemed like common sense. In the western world women or girls with any sense tend to do this for themselves these days. The ones that sort out the man that can support or be the type of pardner the want wins their hand. So does that make any discerning woman a prostitute.No one can eat good intentions.
  • Ling Lang 2011/08/05 08:46:47
    Ling Lang
  • Shawna 2011/08/05 08:37:23
    People sell themselves in many ways. Are actors/actresses who cannot actually act but are simply eye candy/sex appeal/wanker bait and getting well paid for it really any different? We have arbitrarily placed value on pieces of paper and coin. Nothing has inherent value, only the value we place on it. One person's currency is sex and beauty while another's is bits of paper and coin. Both people are happy about the bargain and are not being forced into it. Who cares what you call it? If she married him for his money she would probably divorce him a few years later. At least this way the religious right can be happy that they are keeping the US divorce statistics down.
  • janet 2011/08/05 08:16:41 (edited)
    Just because the money is not use for buying drugs but for school loans, doesn't make it NOT prostitution.
    What is really scary is if one of these girls ends up with a crazy killer who is acting like he has money.
    Paying back school loans should not mean taking a chance of losing your life or being badly hurt.
    This SeekingArrangement.com is just a bad idea, sex for pay is never a good idea.
  • Nudenz 2011/08/05 08:06:37
    If he is paying for sex, it is prostitution.
  • jade 2011/08/05 07:58:00
  • Rhi-ot. 2011/08/05 07:50:32
    A 70 year old seeking girls 25 and under?! Ick..
  • Nuke 2011/08/05 07:18:18
    On the basic level yes but then again it's one of those law loopholes just like as long as you're taping the girl you're having sex with now becomes a porn star... ugg
  • Chukroast 2011/08/05 06:48:41
    It's the very definition of prostitution. But, it's OK with me. Just be honest about what it is.
  • theunbubba 2011/08/05 06:30:52
    But who cares. It's consensual.
  • Student 2011/08/05 06:29:45
    Sociology 101. Its called "Sexual Bargaining".
  • Shae Student 2011/08/06 14:14:55
    Bargaining or Bartering (its still a form of payment).... hence prostitiution.
  • STERLING 2011/08/05 06:04:46
    A rose is a rose. A slut is a slut. and if she takes money for sex she is a Prostitute! Paying her bills or giving her cash; it is the same thing!
  • ProVega 2011/08/05 05:50:44
    And your point is...
  • ariesheshelala 2011/08/05 05:43:55
    anytime u have sex with someone for money or some material thing,you've just prostituted yourself. Dang she was cheap!! Why not go for $500 or better yet a $1000. he's wealthy right??
  • ruru 2011/08/05 05:38:43
  • ASTER 2011/08/05 05:12:35
    There is a lot of them all round the world just can't control them in any way accept for themselves to be honest.
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