‘Sugar babies’ making $2000 a month
TOWNSVILLE students are among more than half-a-million young Australians who are relying on older, richer partners to fund luxury lifestyles as the "Sugar daddy" dating trend continues to grow.
A new study by dating service "Seeking Arrangement" revealed 730,000 Australian sugar babies had turned to the website with a large proportion of users being students.
"It's a trend of people leaving the more rural areas and pursuing education in the larger cities who often come to our site because of that," Seeking Arrangement spokeswoman Kimberley De La Cruz said.
Sugar daddies and sugar mamas are funding fine dining, lavish living and even overseas trips for their younger lovers.
"The students that we hear from, they receive a lot of different perks," Ms Del La Cruz said.
"Their apartments paid for, nice dining, travel and a lot of living expenses."
The average sugar daddy pays a monthly allowance $2000 to his partner, and relationships aren't exclusive.
"Very often our sugar babies date multiple people - especially the ones who travel," Mrs De La Cruz said.
"As far as what it typically looks like there is an age difference.
"The average age of a sugar baby is 24, and the average age of a sugar daddy is 41."
Some of the profiles of locals looking for an older lover to bankroll their lifestyle on Seeking Arrangement offer a short description for possible suitors.
Townsville girl 'Kiki' describes herself as "a breath of fresh air … is a delicate treat" and is seeking someone for casual dating and networking.
It's not just young women using the site: Jase from Townsville is a would-be sugar baby and "just a young guy living life" wanting to find a sugar mama for dating, a relationship or a travel companion.
Another website, hepays.com, features dozens of Townsville students seeking a "sugar daddy" to help them pay their bills.
Alexis, a 23-year-old, says she is an "office girl looking for a rich brilliant mind", and 31-year-old Marissa says she's looking for a "sugar daddy to spoil me in return of pleasure".