COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Seems like more and more female teachers are looking for a rich man to help pay their bills. The website SeekingArrangement.com says it's found 40,000 of its users are public school teachers. The website arranges relationships between women seeking wealthy men.
"Theses sugar babies who do join our website that are teachers are approximately 28-33 years old and they ask for approximately $3,000 per month in financial assistance," said website spokesman LeRoy Velasquez.
He says many teachers are struggling in the wake of budget cuts and overcrowded classrooms. The National School Supply and Equipment Association found that the average teacher spent at least $485 on school supplies for their classroom last year. Meanwhile, the Economic Policy Institute reports that from 1979 to 2003, female teacher salaries have eroded at a weekly rate of 18.5% when compared to other similarly educated and experienced workers.
In the Columbus City School district alone, 81 teachers are moonlighting as 'sugar babies' to offset wage cuts and job losses.
Velasquez doesn't see the website as prostitution noting that they don't arrange meetings just for sex, but rather relationships.
"Sex is aspired to not expected," he said.
In many cases the men on the site are simply looking for companionship in parts of the country they might travel to a few times.