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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Online ‘sugar daddies’ target Barrow and Ulverston students

WOMEN from Barrow and Ulverston have signed up to a website connecting struggling young female students to wealthy “sugar daddies”.

Seeking Arrangement, which claims to be “the world’s largest dating website for mutually beneficial relationships”, was established by Brandon Wade, from Singapore, in 2006.

The site allows young women – called “sugar babies” – to seek out wealthy men to meet.

It claims that the average “sugar baby” makes £60,000 a year, with a £5,000 monthly allowance from their “sugar daddy”.

There are 45 women signed up to the site from Cumbria, with five of those from Barrow and three from Ulverston.

The site’s public relations manager Angela Bermudo said: “These ‘sugar daddies’ change these girls’ lives – most of them are swimming in debt while trying to finish uni.

“‘Sugar daddies’ not only provide for these students, but also help take them out of debt incurred during their years at university.”

Recently statistics were released from the site revealing how many accounts are owned by British students.

The list was ranked according to new sign-ups in 2013.

The University of Kent topped the list with 208 new accounts; Nottingham came second with 193, while Manchester was placed third with 175.

Cumbria University did not rank in the top 20.

The Evening Mail set up its own account, disguised as a fake American multi-millionaire called Charles Vandelay who moved to Barrow 10 years ago.

Mr Vandelay, the Evening Mail claimed, earned over $1m a year, with a net-worth of over $100m.

With a personal profile describing yachts, cars and a life of luxury, Mr Vandelay earned himself a high level of interest.

Within a week the non-existent tycoon had received 50 messages, 20 winks, and seven favourites.

The website has come in for criticism from student welfare organisations.

National Union of Students’ vice-president of welfare, Colum McGuire said: “Students face many hardships, from tuition fees to a high cost of living.

“We would be concerned if any student felt pressured into relationships for cash.

“Students should remember that their students’ union should be their first port of call on campus for any help or advice.”

Brandon Wade, on the other hand, argues that he is doing a service to the economy.

He said: “We are not only helping students achieve financial freedom, but also indirectly relieving the government from the burden of unpaid loans.”

“Student loans lead to debt which amounts to more than the average graduate can handle.

“Sugar daddies provide real solutions to the problem of student debts.”

Have your say

Margaret would be proud of you better than giving it away.

Posted by Freemarket on 6 February 2014 at 15:24

Surely it is more a case of the Sugar Daddies themselves being targeted by a group of people who seem to be out for all they can get?!

Posted by Nigel jones on 5 February 2014 at 10:18

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