Yeah, so apparently I’m going about this repaying my student loan debt thing the wrong way.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, some are signing up to be high-class escorts and selling themselves in order to pay off their mounting student loan debt.
The article profiles several women including a 22-year-old psychology major named ‘Taylor,’ who faced with $15,00 in unpaid tuition bills and growing student loans, found other ways to make ends meet.
The Huffington Post reports:
On a Sunday morning in late May, Taylor left her Harlem apartment and boarded a train for Greenwich, Conn. She planned on spending the day with a man she had met online, but not in person.
Taylor, a 22-year-old student at Hunter College, had confided in her roommate about the trip and they agreed to swap text messages during the day to make sure she was safe.
Once in Greenwich, a man who appeared significantly older than his advertised age of 42 greeted Taylor at the train station and then drove her to the largest house she had ever seen. He changed into his swimming trunks, she put on a skimpy bathing suit, and then, by the side of his pool, she rubbed sunscreen into the folds of his sagging back — bracing herself to endure an afternoon of sex with someone she suspected was actually about 30 years her senior.
Taylor doubted that her client could relate to someone who had grown up black and poor in the South Bronx. While he summered on Martha’s Vineyard, she’d likely pass another July and August working retail in Times Square.
A love match it wasn’t. But then again, this was no ordinary date.
Sites like SeekingArrangements and SugarDaddie.com that match young, tender, and broke college students with wealthy partners looking to enjoy (and pay for) their company have exploded in recent years. With the cost of education skyrocketing, and the lack of job prospects quickly declining, for some these “arrangements” seem like a match made in heaven.
“Over the past few years, the number of college students using our site has exploded,” says Brandon Wade, the 41-year-old founder of Seeking Arrangement. Of the site’s approximately 800,000 members, Wade estimates that 35 percent are students. “College students are one of the biggest segments of our sugar babies and the numbers are growing all the time.”
While the site’s founder sees the “arrangements” as a positive for everyone involved, I can’t help but wonder about the people selling themselves for the sake of education. What does it say about our society when men and women have to go to illegal means just to pay for school?