Our view: Selling time for money

DKS Editors

The Stater ran a front-page story Monday about a matchmaking site called SeekingArrangment.com. On this site, wealthy people pay others for their time and company, whatever that may mean.

At first thought, paying for someone’s company may sound like paying for sex. But that practice is prohibited on the site, said CEO and founder Brandon Wade. But he also admitted there are ways around it.

“’… That’s an indecent proposal that is going to happen between them whether they met on our website or whether they met at a bar anyway, so it’s just impossible to monitor that,’” he said.

Sounds more like he’s pushing the agendas of rich, sex-craved fiends while talking around the illegality of it.

According to the story, Kent State has 65 kent.edu-registered emails on the site and ranks No. 15 on the top 20 list.

That means students here may be prostituting themselves to pay for tuition [which will be raised, once again]. And that translates to, like the story said, glorified prostitution.

Even just selling your friendship to get a cup of coffee or go to a movie is creepy. Oh, the things people will do for money [and company].

But people seem to weasel around the law anyway, so how is this any different? The site may prohibit selling your body to pay for things like tuition, but like Wade said, there’s no way of really knowing, and chances are it’s happening.

It’s much more secretive than working the streets or soliciting yourself on Craigslist, but it’s still prostitution. Glorified or not, it’s illegal.

And any website that labels profiles as “sugar daddy,” “sugar mommy” or “sugar baby” just reeks of illegality.

Managing Editor for Visuals Jennifer Shore recused from participating in the above editorial due to her reporting on this story.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion

of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.