At least 10 young Clare women have signed up to a website which promised to get them dates with wealthy older Sugar Daddies.
The owners of the Seeking Arrangement website told The Clare People yesterday that young women are not paid directly to go on dates with older men – but they often receive lavish gifts from their older male suitors.
Spokesperson for the Seeking Arrangement site, Angela Jacob Bermudo also confirmed that escorts and prostitutes are banned from using the site, which, she says, is designed to connect struggling college students, described as ‘Sugar Babies’, with successful older benefactors.
The site contained active profiles from 10 women based in Clare, but the number of Clare women on the site could be much higher with a large number of Galway and Limerick based third level students also signed up.
In total seven women say they are based in Ennis while there was one user in Kilkee, Clarecastle and Fanore respectively.
They range in age between 18 and 31 years old and many had detailed profiles with a large amount of personal information and pictures.
“People who use Seeking Arrangement are not paying for dates. For men, it is a targetted method of dating for the wealthy.
“Instead of wasting countless hours on other dating websites or using conventional dating methods only to be sorely disappointed with a relationship that doesn’t match their lifestyle, they come to our site where everyone is upfront and honest about expectations of their partner,” Angela Jacob Bermudo told The Clare People yesterday.
“The women are able to find generous partners that are willing to treat them to nice dinners, gifts, and even help out with expenses.
“Depending on the Sugar Daddy, sometimes they will give girls gifts during these dates, or perhaps pay for their transportation costs. Always, of course, paying for the date as generous men often do.
“We do not allow the solicitation of any service in exchange for money, so we prohibit escorts and prostitutes from using the site.
“We are a dating website, and we do not want these kind of people diluting our dating pool.”
The site has become increasingly popular in Ireland in recent years as the recession has made it more difficult for third level students to find summer work to fund their education.
“Given the state of the economy, more women are thinking practically and want partners that can support them financially, and even help them gain an advantage in their own careers,” she continued.
The site now has 6,000 registered Irish Sugar Daddies and more than 15,000 Sugar Babies, both male and female.
The site charges Sugar Daddies €60 a month for a premium account while student who can prove they are in active third level education can access a premium account for free.

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