Relationship Website's Method Raises Eyebrows

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- As the cost of college climbs, more and more students are turning to unconventional ways to help pay for their education.

Seekingarrangement.com calls itself the world's largest sugar daddy dating site.

As the price of attending college rises, it has seen its membership skyrocket.

"Rather than graduate with a financial burden on your back, why not get a sugar daddy and graduate debt free?" said Leroy Velasquez, a spokesman for the website.

It is an idea the over one million college students who are members have taken to heart.

According to Velasquez, the site has 18 members from JMU, 11 from Bridgewater College, and 41 from Mary Baldwin College.

The average college sugar baby receives $3,000 each month, according to the site.

A local accountant said the money would be reported to the IRS on the sugar babies taxes using Form 709, for reporting gifts.

The concept does raise ethical questions; however, Velasquez said it's not prostitution, it's about relationships.

"It's obvious that a lot of these relationships do involve sex, but it's not expected, by any means. If both parties have that attraction for each other and it helps with the added generosity and the fact that they care for each other, then obviously sex will happen," said Velasquez.

When it comes to the number of local students registered on the website, a spokesperson for Mary Baldwin College said they have no comment at this time.


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