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.“Sugar babies set their own terms, but I look for actual relationships and chemistry,” Vanessa said. “I don’t ever want them to do anything they don’t want to,” he said. I’d like to think I’m a pretty nice sugar daddy.” Because Vanessa is studying nursing, she tends to search for doctor sugar daddies.
The University of Colorado Denver was not far behind, with 105 registered students out of the nearly 10,500 undergraduates.
Joanne Belknap, ethnic studies professor at CU, said it’s one thing if students are simply watching TV or having dinner with their senior benefactors, but she wonders if true consent can exist when it comes to sex.
A 43-year-old Greeley-based sugar daddy who uses Seeking Arrangement and spoke on condition of anonymity for privacy reasons, has gone on at least 50 dates with sugar babies since he started using the site in September, he said.
He described the girls he has seen — all in college or aspiring to be — as barely getting by financially.
“They’re eating ramen noodles at home, and I take them to the Chart House,” he said.
“They’ve got nothing, and I treat them like a little princess.
They eat that up.” The sugar daddy, who has given ,000 a month in cash to his most serious sugar baby, said rather than viewing his dates as transactional, he sees them as companionship.
When the companionship becomes “serious,” he said sex is involved.
The money covers her rent, car payment and leisure activities while her parents and academic scholarships cover her tuition.
“I’m not going to graduate in debt, which I think is pretty unique for a 23-year-old American,” she said.
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.