Nationwide, as college students face mounting student loan debt, websites promoting "sugar daddies," or older men with money who are willing to pay off some of that debt on behalf of young female students, are growing in popularity. Michigan State University is among the top schools in the country in terms of students on these websites.
One Michigan State student who participates on one of the sugar daddy sites says she got around 75 inbox messages from men, but not for what she originally thought. She says what these men asked her to do was always sexual.
"He was like this is the real world. Who is actually going to do that? Then he was like $14,000, like big amounts of money," said the woman who asked to be left unnamed.
She made her profile on SeekingArrangement.com, which claims to be the world's largest sugar daddy dating website. It lists potential sugar daddies, along with their net worth and how much they're willing to pay per month. Likewise, the list of girls seeking sugar daddies lists how much money they expect to receive monthly.
"We do not condone any behavior that promotes prostitution or solicitation and users. When they sign up, under our terms of agreement, we explicitly state that as well," said Leroy Valasquez, the site's PR Manager. He says he recognizes the site is abused, but also ensures there's a 24 hour patrol of the messages and pictures to help prevent illegal behavior.
Valasquez says MSU is the 16th most popular university for girls seeking sugar daddies, with almost 300 listings.
The woman decided to meet up with three men from the site, one of whom she met in Lansing. "He gave me a $100. It was like a gift card or something. And then he kept trying stuff. I'm like no. I'm not trying to do anything."
Her message to girls thinking about finding a Sugar Daddy is "don't do it unless you want to be a prostitute. Because that's all it is: high paid prostitution."