Cash for companionship: 'Shouldn't that be illegal?'

Cash for companionship: 'Shouldn't that be illegal?'

EUGENE, Ore. - Lori rolls her eyes at the thought of some of the come-ons she has heard.

"Someone will be like, 'Oh let me be your sugar daddy.' I'm like, 'That just sounds so wrong, and please don't call me a sugar baby," the Portland student said.

But those are the labels used on the dating website, where Lori posted her profile.

"It's nothing I'm embarrassed about," Lori said of her profile.

The photos can be suggestive, however.

"I'm not going to put something where I'm wearing sweats and and a hoodie," Lori said. "I would never put nude photos online." proposes a bargain between men and women: cash for companionship.

Lori is one of a growing number of college students seeking a sugar daddy with a healthy appetitte for spending.

According to Angela Jacob with, the websites's number of "sugarbaby" members from the University of Oregon doubled in the last year.

"UO made it on the list because you know it had a large increase from the previous year in terms of students signing up to be sugar babies," Jacob said.

Students who talked to KVAL News hadn't heard of the program.

"Since I haven't heard of it, I don't think it would be that big of a thing," student David Jones said. "But at the same time, you know, people will do just about anything to get through school without any loans."

"I don't know, that's funny," said Emily Onustock.

"I mean, shouldn't that be illegal?" Nicole Winer said.
Jacob said the arrangements are not above the law.

"We don't allow them to include sexual acts or sexual intimacy within their agreement," she said.

Sex may not be allowed in the deal, but Lori said it's still on the table.

"There are definitely some creepy people on the site, I'm not going to lie," she said.

But most of the men she has met legitimately want to help college students, she said.

"Student loans are ridiculous! It's just, um, yeah, it's definitely a new way to, uh, to get through school, for sure."

And finishing college is Lori's top priority.

"Ultimately my goal is to be a teacher," she said, "and I really hope that someone doesn't look down upon me."