‘Sugar babies’ use online dating to cover soaring tuition
May 16, 2016
After taking her on a shopping spree at Cherry Creek mall, the 62-year-old man sporting a gray suit bought a Starbucks cake pop for Vanessa, 23, and left the mall alone.
Vanessa, who did not want her full name used for privacy reasons, describes herself as a "sugar baby" — part of a growing population of primarily college women who are turning to men of means to make ends meet amid soaring expenses. The arrangement is nothing new, but increasing tuition and student-loan debt paired with the ease of joining a site that facilitates these relationships are contributing to an increase of Colorado sugar baby relationships.
"I was picking up shifts left and right," said Vanessa, whose two steady sugar daddies ensure her nursing school externships don't overwhelm her. "With the sugar daddies' help, I've been able to cut down on that to focus on school."
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“You talk every day. You text every day. You travel with them. You go to dinner. It’s like any dating relationship. They’re just successful enough to give you gifts, too.”Vanessacollege student