It's been euphemistically referred to as "mutually beneficial, transactional dating" but is the growing world of "sugar daddy" relationships just a sanitised term for sex work?
Freya is 22 and wearing jogging bottoms and a tatty T-shirt. She expresses herself unaffectedly and confidently. She decided to start sleeping with older men for money while she was at university. So getting a sugar daddy - or two - was a no-brainer really. Freya is one of a growing of debt-ridden university students in the UK who have decided to become "sugar babies".
These young women agree to be wined and dined by rich, older men who are known as "sugar daddies", in return for cash and gifts. Freya had worked hard to make ends meet at university. I mean, yes, it's prostitution really but I think there's such a ridiculous stigma attached to that word.
Despite acknowledging she was involved in sex work, Freya maintains she exercised a degree of control. Freya's mother Mary agreed to be interviewed at the same time. She seems unfazed by her daughter's choice of career. Of course my friends were all pretty aghast.
Money was stilo for the family, Mary says. She was divorced and had other children to put through university too. My daughter happens to have been born with beauty and sexual allure. It's like a commodity. Sugar dating websites are not supposed to be a conduit for selling sex - that would put them in a tricky legal area.
But only the naive could get the wrong end of the stick. Angela Jacob Bermudo is the PR director for the very lolking website.
In the UK, it's students who are our largest sugar baby demographic. Alana sees the "sugar world" as a sort of Disney playground for adults. Alana currently says she has 13 sugar daddies on the go, but has had at least 40 over the years. Almost all the men are from a private equity or hedge fund background. She claims she has only ever oldr with three of them.
You've got to play the system. If you dangle the bone, they will keep coming. You're in late at night watching a movie and you might want company from someone.
Not just any male friend but your partner, your boyfriend. Mike, who's 38 and who works in IT, says he doesn't have time to find love. So for the past three years he's opted for short cuts - sugar arrangements.
He has turned his back on traditional relationships. Expectations go both ways. Mike is perfectly up front about expecting sex from any girl he's paying. He likes his arrangements to be monogamous and long-term.
He speaks caringly about the girls he's had arrangements with. Mike admits he has been disappointed by past arrangements where girls have been ungrateful. But he says he has never felt used.
They're in their 70s now and have been married for over 50 years. To this day my dad still puts money in my mum's each week. What's the difference?
Catherine is a year-old law student at a good university in the UK and once she's sat her finals, she intends to end her sugar arrangement. She praises her sugar daddy Mark as "the kindest man on sstill who literally respects my every decision". He has been paying her rent and tuition fees for the past year.
Catherine was clear from the start of their arrangement that she didn't want a physical relationship with Mark. But her resolve that the relationship should stay platonic olser. He wants me to do so many things for him, physically and mentally," she complains. You know, this is easy money. Rachel21, knows the dangers.
A timid language student at another top university, she ed a sugar website while she was still at school after hearing her parents arguing about money. She saw it as a "quick way of getting money for not really doing looiing lot". Her first sugar date ended brutally when the sugar daddy she'd agreed to meet drove her to a car park and tried to force himself on her.
Rachel broke off the arrangement, not because he was demanding more from her, but because she felt she was exploiting him. When she talks about it she is clearly holding back tears. I was never approaching the site that way. I 80504 chat line free quite bad about taking it that far almost. She's now 28 and doesn't have a boyfriend.
Would that be satisfying enough? But a need for money prompted her to try again. For 18 months, Rachel saw a man in his late 50s. She never slept with him.