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More UC Berkeley Students Using 'Sugar Daddies' to Pay for School

What do you think of the trend, and the fact that UC Berkeley's membership is on the rise?

UC Berkeley is one of the fastest growing "sugar baby" schools in the country, according to SeekingArrangement.com, a social website that connects students with "sugar daddies" — older men who provide them money to help pay for college.

SeekingArrangement.com describes itself as a site for mutually beneficial arrangements and mutually beneficial relationships. Tell us what you think below this story. 

Hundreds of students from UC Berkeley and UC Davis are currently members of the website.

UC Berkeley experienced a 67 percent increase in registration on the site, ranking the school among the "fastest growing sugar baby schools of 2012," according to a SeekingArrangement.com press release. UC Davis experienced 220 percent growth.  

College student memberships on SeekingArrangement.com as a whole increased by 58 percent last year. 

"The average college Sugar Baby receives approximately $3,000 per month to cover the cost of tuition, books and living expenses," wrote spokesperson Angela Jacob Bermudo in an email to Patch. 

The Huffington Post reported on this trend back in 2011, profiling elderly men who use the site for sex and companionship, and the women who said they "never thought it would come to this."

What do you think of the trend, and the fact that UC Berkeley's membership is on the rise? 

Andre Khougaz January 22, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Live and let live between adults. But is this prostitution? And is it legal?
Lou Judson January 22, 2013 at 03:40 PM
OMIGOD now Patch has automatic video playback? Horrors. I have to hit Readbility fst! Like MTV, you started free but now are charging us with advertising. Yecchh! I don';t want them to play unless I ask for it.
nvh January 22, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Be careful about overstating the significance of membership on such a site. Often, people have to sign up to see anything at all on such a site. The growth in membership may simply reflect curiosity and word-of-mouth. And you believe the spokesperson for the site on how lucrative it is for "sugar babies"?
josh January 22, 2013 at 06:20 PM
I'm curious how many students actually pursue this path to pay for their eduction. A hard stat to calculate but sort of feels like maybe Fox 40 needed a snappy headline on a slow news day....
Jai Jai Noire January 22, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Capitalism is the biggest pimp 'n' 'ho show ever invented. Everyone is required to pimp themselves out (that's what "employment" is, once the sentimentality & blinders are removed.) I once met a woman who graduated near the top of her class in Engineering at UC and ended up working as a stripper because, as a woman, even with better qualifications than many male applicants, she was underpaid and sexually harassed to boot. She figured she might as well make those same guys pay handsomely for treating her like that (and woukd often pull $800 a night.) YES, this is prostitution. How amusing that if it's arranged as a monthly invoice (rather than 'just leave the cash on the night stand) it's easier not to consider it "prostitution." Hey, maybe UC could simply get rid of their expensive programs & overpaid upper staff and lower tuition so students didn't have to risk themselves in this manner. Oh, and I'm with the previous poster about the automatic ad plays on Patch (speaking of prostitution...)
Farmer Zeke January 22, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Yeah, getting paid for a 'date' is basically prostitution, at best it's known as 'escort service'. Besides, it could be dangerous for young women thinking all they are doing is financing their education. Rich (and thereby often powerful) men have been known to demand certain 'favors' for their cash, and get angry when they don't. And yeah, the automatic video with endless commercial cycle pretty much sucks. I think I'll be looking a other web sites for my news stories. This page is already jammed with pimps... I mean ho's... I mean advertising.

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