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Chandler Fowles knew it wouldn’t be simple to move from Mystic, Conn., to New York City last year. Her degree in art history and fine arts from Eastern Connecticut State University wasn’t helping her land any job worth sticking around for. She and her mother weren’t speaking at all after a particularly bad argument. The cost of living (and partying) was more than she could manage, along with her ,000 in college student loan debt.When you are 24 years old, jobless, boyfriend-less and in a fight with your mom, moving to one of the most glamorous, ballyhooed cities in the world can seem like a good idea. Last winter, a friend told her about the concept of “sugar-dating”: a “sugar baby” (most often a woman or a gay man) connecting with a “sugar daddy” (a man) in a relationship that offers financial support in exchange for companionship and possibly sex.They were going to meet that very night, but something — his jet lag from a trip to London, or maybe it was her menstrual cycle — got in the way. Fowles and Ron were back on the phone, planning a rendezvous.He asked her if she had a friend to bring along, whom he would pay the same amount.
“Seeking has helped facilitate hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of arrangements that have helped students graduate debt-free,” Mr.Wade was quoted as saying in one news release, which also claimed: “Sugar Baby students receive an average of ,000 in monthly allowances, earning ,920 more than a student working full time at the federal minimum wage.”When you sign up for an account, this message pops up on screen: “Tip: Using a email address earns you a free upgrade!” (College students using their university emails to log into the site also get their profiles included under a “college student” heading so that sugar parents intent on “helping” college students can find them easily, a company spokeswoman said.)The profiles of Seeking Arrangement sugar daddies include how much they make — purportedly. Fowles’s mind when she went on a few dinner dates with a man she met on Seeking Arrangement.com, who told her he was 37 years old.(He liked that hotel, she said, because you can book a room online and then check in at an unmanned electronic kiosk.) “It was very natural and it felt like a normal hookup, except he gave me money after,” she said. She went back onto the site and soon received a message from a man who said his name was Jay and that he was an investment banker at Bain.“If you are interested in being spoiled, I have a very generous allowance and it would be a once a week thing,” he wrote to her, according to Ms. He included a mobile number and requested that they speak.