The rise and rise of the UK's student sugar babies

Save the Student’s national student money survey, released last week, has found that 3% of UK students are financing their studies with adult work, rising to 4% when faced with a cash crisis. The research found that almost 1 in 10 students use their body to raise money in an emergency — be that through drug trials or sex work.

Data suggests that one of the fastest-growing areas of student sex work is sugar daddy/sugar baby arrangements. In 2017, 75,000 UK students registered with the sugar daddy website SeekingArrangement, which represented a 30% increase from the previous year…

“Most wanted me to live with them, which is just out of the question,” Jenna said. “A free place to stay — their place — in exchange for what ranged from ‘the company of a woman’ to sexual acts four times a week.

“I was aiming for my own fully paid flat, which a good amount were willing to provide — some for sex, some for kinkier things (BDSM, findom [financial domination], etc), and some for the ‘girlfriend experience’.”