New York City Women Seeking Sugar Daddies After College?

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – What happens when economic desperation is combined with youth and the internet?

While writing the article “Sugar Daddies” for the Huffington Post, Amanda Fairbanks wrote found college women desperate to pay their bills and their college tuition, can’t find good jobs, and resort to sugar daddies to make money.

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Fairbanks told WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack that many can’t admit to themselves that it’s a form of prostitution and end up ashamed and keep it a secret.

“Sometimes when you’re in your early 20s and you’re doing kind of high risk behavior you don’t necessarily realize how much this stuff is going to stay with you,” said Fairbanks.

She wrote about one woman who got on a train and met an older, wealthy gentleman in Greenwich, Connecticut and, after getting $350, got on the train to return to Harlem.

“She’s thinking, ‘What the heck did I just do? I mean, how did my life come to this?’ and I think that the sort of psychological element is what remains even after they’ve gotten money, just such a really tough thing for them to deal with,” said Fairbanks.

The story had a great impact on Fairbanks.

“There is something really compelling and quite vulnerable about them and I speak to a lot of despairing 20-somethings in my reporting in general, but something about this degree of desperation has really stuck with me, and I think it is very much indicative of the kind of horrible times in which we’re living and when I think about it, it’s very sad to me,” she said.

About an eighth of the members of one website were “sugar daddies.”

“In the universe of the sites, there are about 800,000 members on one site that I looked at, which is called, and of those 800,000 members, about 115,000 are sugar daddies,” said Fairbanks.

The women on the sites can make anywhere from $350 to a $5,000-a-month retainer.

The internet is a huge driver of this phenomenon.

“I think it’s been around forever. I think that this technology is sort of pushing it farther and faster in a direction that, maybe, it was already headed,” Fairbanks said.

The website has seen a 350 percent increase in the number of students using their services.

“That’s indicative of the times in which we’re living,” Fairbanks said. “I don’t think that we’d be seeing this back in 2007.”

What do you think? Let us know below…

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  • Viktor

    Well , I have been in siuation when I was broke at all, with poor English, and expired visa. American dream lead me to the edge.
    And found a Sugar Mum. That’s how I survived. Then I started looking for servics which could connect me to Rich princesses. I tried lot’s of them.
    And it was solving some of my problems for while. Right now I am on a full time job at So my evenings are devoted to Ladies who can help.
    I guess everyone needs help sometimes. I am not going to be a Friend for all my life- but thanks to this I am alive. And I am greatful for this chance


    Do not judje


    My name is Lisa, and I am 20 years old. I live alone and having problems paying my bills lately.

    I am looking for a sugar daddy, one who will take good care of me and I will surely do same for him. My prince don’t need to be handsome just filthy rich.

    I am willing to do anything for you, just name it. I am that good!

    If you want me just drop me a note at

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    PS. oh btw I am American, blond, blue eyes and weigh 110bs. very pretty and lady like.

  • Squirrel Lady

    Good for these folks! The only issue is that it promulgates hegemonic ideas, but who cares?

    Has anyone noticed that this is only an option for skinny, attractive, and usually white (or bougie-acting minority) women? As an overweight, masculine looking, working class, conventionally unattractive woman with facial hair in my early 20s (who has never dated a man who made over $12 an hour), I am doing things the old fashioned way.

    … I work in a math-intensive technical field. Although I’ll never make $5000 cash a month, get hired in bartending, or date a man who would ever go on a date with me that doesn’t involve fast food, bootleg DVDs, dollar store, Anime or World of Warcraft, I am happy.

  • THE Reality Tsar

    Kind of ironic that the Huffington Post enearthed this revelation. Let’s see Huffington Post – founded by Ariana Huffington. Ariana Huffington launched her “writing career” the old fashioned way: At 20 She hooked up with man 22 years her senior, who was .an English journalist, author and broadcaster, described by The Times as “the most famous journalist of his day” After 9 years She dumped him to move on to a wealthy American.

  • Leroy Washington

    Now lookie here! I be thinkin me needs ta finda sugga momma after I don past da fire fitah test, riite there. Oh lord!

  • steve



      I agree, the Russians are very rude and have no manners what so ever.

  • josh

    Women have been doing this in NYC for decades. It is the one city where you can always see an ugly or fat man with an attractive girl. Its part of the culture. The first question out of every womans mouth is…………….”so what do you do?” its disgusting. Talk about objectifying women? It happens both ways people.

    • joey lawrence

      Chivalry when a man pays and sexism when they get paid more. YOU CANT HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO LADIES.

  • Charlie Sheen

    I wouldn’t pay these ho’s a crumpled up dollar that I pulled out of an ashtry!

  • Concern

    Charity Search Engines

  • Frank Rizzo

    Just signed up for this site. Hoping to meet some nice daddy to pay my billz$$

  • TomNJ

    What about any domestic situation where one person stays home and the other provides cash for living? You can call it marriage or love or whatever you want, but in most cases, if the bread earner suddenly said “I think I will quit my job and help around the house from now on, you go earn the money now” – the other person would be gone, calling him/her a bum or something. Sounds the same as sugar daddy to me, just dressed up as love/marriage.

    • KPMc

      Someone scarred you really bad, didn’t they?

  • mj

    welcome to 2011. high tech prostitution. just the method has changed thats all

  • Nick

    Parents have been sending their bimbos to well connected schools for an MRS degree for centuries already. Just look at the latest one who married a British prince. She hooked him in school by catching his eyes with a see through naked dress. Nothing wrong with being a high priced ho.



  • wally

    Why focus on the the young women? What about the men, who are so desperate for young girlfriends that they are basically putting them on payroll? What does that say about the women in their 40s- 70s? What happens to theser men when they are older and need some help?

  • Vince

    Young women are lucky to have an option to find sugar daddies. Young men in the same situation have no such option, but nobody cries for them. Poor beautiful young women for having such options to make an easy living! Boo hoo!!

    • Luckner

      vince made a very interesting point here people everyone cry out when women are suffering but no one ever complain when men dont have an option. when will these authors take the time out to discuss men who are out there paying an astronimical amount of child support ordered by the courts and the women dont even have to prove they or the child need the money (last time i checked the money was for the child not the women, but hey who’s listening. these men now have to work two three jobs not mention they cant even barely live once the courts are done, they are broke. so as a society we want people to be empathetic to women but no one is empathetic to the men who are i crisis all over america, that is the men who do take care of their children but are pondered by the greed of some women and the vindictiveness. to all the hard working men in america not being heard this one is for you.

  • shells

    OH please. Its not because of our bad economy its because these young girls are materialistic and want fancy things. They could get jobs waitressing or bartending and make very good money if they are desperate. Their just little materalistic sl*ts.

    • grandpa here

      Plus they like gray balls and we fall right to sleeep after 5 minutes.



  • Robert

    Reverse the roles. Lets say young men were doing this. Would anyone be sympathetic?
    Two people need to agree on a “cash for intimacy/sex” transaction. And as long as each person got what they bargained for, nobody’s being victimized here.
    I’m not saying this kind of thing is right or healthy.
    It’s just that a willing participant of such a transaction is hardly a victim.

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