DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis is seeing a spike in the number of its students who are looking for financial help from a so-called "sugar daddy," according to website seekingarrangement.com.
Thewebsite, which matchesyoung men and women seeking financial support ("sugar babies")with financially secure individuals ("sugar daddies"), saysUC Davis ranks ninth nationwidefor the highest growth of students, mainly women, looking for sugar daddies.
According to SeekingArrangement,192 UC Davis female students ranging in age from 19 to 27 signed up last year, butthat number has grown to285 studentsthis year.
According to website officials, women are looking to date men with money to help pay for college tuition and bills.
"The average sugar baby gets an average of $3,000 a month, or sugar daddy will pay for books or rent or tuition," said Seeking Arrangement spokeswoman, Jennifer Gwynn.
Some students on campus call the website a step below below prostitution . They say there are others ways to get financial help.
"There's financial aid, there are scholarships. That's how I am here," said Shelby Hagan.
Psychologist Andrew Mendonsa says the women he has treated that have joined sites like this don't view it as sex for sale.
"Most believe this is no different than picking up a second job or doing daycare at home or doing something on the side," said Mendonsa.