Sugar babe by degree
Girls just wanna have funding - sometimes, at any cost. Even in the comparatively privileged world of third level education, it seems, the most attractive money-making option for many young women involves recourse to the world's oldest profession.
Over 200 female students at Queen's University in Belfast have reportedly signed up to Seeking Arrangement, a website which facilitates transactions whereby wealthy bigshots pay cash-strapped young women for their company and, often, for sex. The girls, known as "sugar babies", are offered up to £3000 (¤3,900) per month to accompany "sugar daddies" and occasionally "sugar mommas" to restaurants, nightclubs and functions, as well as on overnight trips and weekends away. The website is also attracting growing interest in the Republic.
Brandon Wade, the American founder of Seeking Arrangement, claims the service offers over two million profiles of young women from almost 40 countries, a third of whom are students. Wade (44) - who met his wife through the website - argues that relationships explicitly based on financial contracts are becoming more commonplace. "Love is a concept made up by poor people," he has declared.