Melbourne's "sugar child", which pays $ 50,000 in wealthy men with a "fetish" to spoil young women, says she could not afford rent and university fees.
"Samantha", originally from New Zealand, is currently studying teaching at Monash University while working full-time. The 26-year-old earns $ 60,000 a year and pays $ 1800 per month in rent, but says he pays advance payments between $ 8500 and $ 10,000 per semester for studying abroad.
Over the past few years, she has used the controversial Seeking Arrangement Web Site to connect with older men, which she has endowed with expensive meals, supplements and even holidays.
"The most outrageous thing was the four-day weekend in Bali, for which I got $ 8,000 plus all the paid expenses," she said.
"Yes, you have sexual relations, but you are not expected. That's what people want to know. You do not have to, but you tend to develop these relationships, it's a lot superficial, but you still have a friendly connection. "
Samantha said she "took some time". "It's just like dating," she said. "For me personally, if you walked with someone, I would not just jump straight into sex. I see them for some time, creating some emotional connection, the same is true in this case. "
According to the Seeking Arrangement, 150,000 student "sugar babies" are currently in Australia, earning an average monthly "allowance" of $ 3,000.
At the end of last year, the website was pushed to the center of attention when Amy Keating's "sugar child" lowered the career of a married citizen, Andrew Broad, by revealing unpleasant details about Hong Kong A new idea.
Samantha, who has lived in Australia for the last 10 years, told her that she "initially started out as a joke".
"A few years ago, with my colleagues, I read these articles in magazines that these sugar children think, oh, my God, that's ridiculous," she said. "We went to the internet and it was so," Oh my god, this actually exists. "
She set up the profile, but she got cold feet and returned only a few years ago. "You can say it's similar to Tinder, set your own profile, tell what you're looking for," she said.
"For me, there was help in paying with units, travel, things like that – and a little about myself and such things. Men's profiles are really different, they talk about how much they are, their net worth. «
She met her first date after a few weeks.
Since then, she has had "five or six" sugars, and the longest relationship lasted about eight months. "Most of them were old, then there were some pretty young boys who were quite wealthy, they had a lot of money, young ones," she said.
"This is a strange situation and it never seemed normal, because it's not normal, it's really taboo. But if it's reciprocal and everyone has respect and everything is on the table, you feel much more comfortable. "
Her main requirement was "usually an allowance for university fees". "Recently I had to make calculations, in the last few years I managed to get about $ 50,000," she said. "I do not think I could pay my fees and rent without it."
Samantha said that the site is generally two types of people.
"People who are there are essentially treated as escorts," I pay you, you do what I say "and a traditional sugar childish thing," I just want to have a non-binding relationship with someone, but spoil them. ", she said.
"I think this would be the fetish, only someone wants to spoil the money."
The first type, "people who talk to you and treat you as a prostitute", have been "exhausted very fast" from this city, she said, as well as actual sex workers.
"It's all about seeing people on their terms, so you do not have to do anything you do not want," she said. "It's pretty much in advance, maybe you meet them once and then arrange for a pocket deal or anything else from there."
She says she understands why some people call it prostitution. "I fully understand this, I totally persuade people to say that," she said.
"I think I could look at him that way, but I think that he could also look at him as someone who offers a service – that he has a girl around, someone who will spoil it, because he will pamper your happiness."
She added: "I got 100 percent of the total prostitute. In any case, it may be related to it, but I do not see this in person. "