By K. Aleisha Fetters
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Matchmaking sites for wealthy men and younger women have been multiplying since SugarDaddie.com launched eight years ago. They adopt varying procedures for separating themselves from prostitution sites, which are illegal.
(WOMENSENEWS)--First came SugarDaddie.com in 2002.
Then, in the next eight years, came numerous other sites to connect wealthy men and attractive, usually younger women, or "sugarbabes."
Now there's SugarDaddyForMe.com, SugarSugar.com, WealthyMen.com, and MutualArrangements.com.
"Men don't go into this looking for the missionary position," a 52-year-old man in New York City said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It's an opportunity to be indulged … like an extended vacation."
Like the millions of other affluent men using these sites, he is looking for a relationship with a young, attractive woman for whom he can financially provide.
Most sites require men to earn at least $100,000 a year and classify themselves within various income brackets and levels of "financial provider" prowess. A man can check "Will Cover Basic Needs" or "Lavish Lifestyle." There is no income requirement for women.
The sites boast memberships ranging from 1 million to several hundred thousand and all claim to be gaining members steadily.
About 1-in-10 adult Internet users, or 16 million people, have used an online dating service, according to the Internet and American Life Project of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, a public opinion research organization in Washington.
While financial "arrangements" are less commonly part of the transaction on general dating sites, they do still exist, said Rich Gosse, executive director of the International Association of Dating Websites. "There's a lot of illegality going on all over the Internet. Arrangements and even prostitution can happen on any site," he said, pointing to information exchanged in forums on sites such as Craigslist.org.
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