Female members are natural targets for egg brokers, since many of them are young, well educated and physically attractive
Sugardaddie.com, a dating website which attracts young women looking for affluent, older highflying men, has revealed that it took action last week to remove several profiles which were posing as ‘sugar daddies’ but in fact trying to recruit women as potential egg donors
The site was alerted after three concerned women reported the messages. The girls had been contacted by a male member who they thought was another attractive potential date, but was in fact working for an egg donor agency, thought to be UK based. The message was sent to 117 women – half of which were UK based. “Would you be interested being financially compensated as well as help a couple that is unable to have a child due to being infertile? Egg donors and receive financial compensation for their donation.” The message said.
Sugardaddie.com founder and CEO Steve Pasternack said: "We police our site very carefully so we picked this up extremely quickly. Female members are natural targets for egg brokers, since many of them are young, well educated and physically attractive."
The website advertises itself as where the ‘affluent and attractive meet’. Girls on the site have been known to receive financial support from male suitors if the chemistry between them is right, so it typically attracts young, glamorous, adventurous, sparky characters – typical traits which people seeking egg donation look for.
However, Egg donation is a lengthy, invasive and often painful procedure, which involves many months of hormonal treatments and medical visits. This is why it is much more difficult to find female egg donors than male sperm donors.
Mr. Pasternack says that he isn’t against the practice but sugardaddie.com cant allow third party businesses on the site: "If any of our female members are interested in becoming an egg donor, they can apply online at a wide variety of egg donation agencies but our site is for finding legitimate romantic relationships.”
In the UK it’s against the law for anyone to pay an egg donor, other than ‘expenses’ to cover travel and loss of income due to days spent undergoing medical procedures. However, many couples desperate for children use agencies that get around the law by calling payments ‘gifts’ or by using donors based overseas. Egg donors legally have no legal responsibility for the future welfare or support of any children who may be born from their donation. In the UK, women can’t donate eggs once they are past 35 years of age.
In response to the findings sugardaddie.com wanted to know how many of its female members would be vulnerable to the secret recruits. It asked 2,000 of its so-called ‘sugar babies’ (female members) aged between 18-30 and found 40% said they would consider going through the procedure if it helped them pay for college tuition, credit card debt and other expenses.
4% said they had already attempted to donate their eggs so but were declined and another 2% had already done so in the last three years.
The news comes as an annual fertility exhibition takes place this weekend at Earls Court Exhibition Show in London. The Fertility Show is for anyone considering or having any form of IVF including egg freezing or egg and sperm donation or any other form of alternative parenting. Egg donation will no doubt be the focus of many of the stands at the show.
Launched in 2002, Sugardaddie.com is the original online meeting place for sugar daddies and sugar babies, and now boasts more than 3.9 million members worldwide. SugarDaddie.com has been featured by numerous media outlets including ABC Nightline, The Dr. Phil Show, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.
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