Are College Costs Driving American College Students to Prostitution?

Barry Lenson

Are College Costs Driving American College Students to Prostitution?

“Seeking Arrangement: College Students Using 'Sugar Daddies' To Pay Off Loan Debt,” a piece of investigative reporting by Amanda M. Fairbanks that was running on The Huffington Post last week, could be the most troubling piece of reporting that has ever appeared about the plight of American college students.

Here’s the story in brief. To pay for college and college loans, a growing number of college women are entering into sexual relationships with wealthy older men in exchange for financial support. There is a term for these young women – “sugar babies.” And there is a term from the men who support them – “sugar daddies.”

According to the post, one of the websites that connects the “babies” to the “daddies” claims to have a membership of 700,000 women and 100,000 men. Not too surprisingly, it is free for women to become members of the service, but men pay a fee.

A video that accompanies the post tells the story of one young college grad who has entered into paid sexual relationships with several older men in order to repay the tens of thousands of dollars that she still owes on her student loans.

What have we, as a society, done to our children this time? Didn’t we realize that allowing the cost of American education to soar into the un-repayable stratosphere would drive students to lives of prostitution and worse? Anybody could have seen this coming. Why didn’t we?

And the question is, what are we going to do about it? If we are a society that claims to value our young people and stand behind them, we can no longer sit idly by while college costs cause them to disrupt and destroy their own lives.

In the end, our society will be judged by how we treat our children, our students, our veterans, and other people who need our help. But that’s not the biggest issue. The biggest issue is that it is time to confront and admit what we have done, and fix the problem.

We need affordable education solutions. So now that things have quieted down in Washington for the space of maybe a week or two, may I ask the politicians down there a few other questions? Can’t you do something about this?  Have you got other priorities this week? Okay. What are they?

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