Get a college degree they said! A former waitress who earned just $3.50 an hour working 10-hour shifts told how she quit to become a sugar baby a year ago.
Single mom Maria Young, 26, now receives gifts worth $12,000 and regular $1,900 handouts, despite making her dates sign a 'no sex' contract.
Drowning in debt and struggling to provide for her two sons, Maria turned to SeekingArrangement – a website designed to introduce sugar babies to sugar daddies – and is now living the high life, thanks to affluent men who are eager to date her.
Insisting their meetings are strictly platonic, Maria, of Baltimore, Maryland, says her sugar daddies are so generous - with one clearing her beauty school student loan debt of around $10,000 - and happily giving her $1,900 almost every week - that she now survives solely on the money they provide.
She said: “I’m a single mom, so before becoming a sugar baby money was always a struggle. I was working 10-hour shifts, six days a week, at a local diner and getting next to no money.
“I couldn’t afford to pay the rent or bills, let alone pay for childcare for my kids. I felt like it was all getting on top of me.
“Becoming a sugar baby has transformed my life. I’ve quit my job, I’m debt free, and I get to go and buy designer handbags.
“I can finally support my sons and treat them to nice things like PlayStation games and expensive clothes – all thanks to my two sugar daddies.”
In 2018, when she spoke to a friend about barely scraping by on her wage from the diner, Maria, who wants to withhold her sons' details, was told becoming a sugar baby could solve her financial woes.
So, she started looking to meet men online who were willing to pay hard cash for good company.
“I’m an open-minded person and I was quite intrigued, so I just thought I’d give SeekingArrangement a try,” she said.
“To be honest, it’s just like any other dating website. You can put in what type of man you’re looking for in terms of interests and looks and just go from there.”
Now a seasoned sugar baby, Maria believes the website is filled with rich businessmen who lack the time to date someone in a more conventional way.
“They just want someone to hang out with,” she said. “They're all high-powered men, who are really busy, so I guess they just don’t have time for conventional dating.”