An estimated quarter of a million young Australian women are dating older men for their money in the hope of giving themselves some financial freedom, often while they finish off their studies.
But there’s a very dangerous side to the arrangement, which has also been labelled “undercover sex work”.
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Women who sign up for the sites are sold a fantasy of ‘dating’ and told that sex is not necessarily the end game, it’s optional.
But Lila says that’s definitely not true.
“If you’re not ready to have sex with the older men, don’t go on the website, because you’re putting yourself in that situation,” she told 60 Minutes.
Lila was like any other young girl who signs up, she was just hoping to earn a little extra cash.
She signed up to SugarDaddyMeet when she was barely 18, and on her second date using the service, she was abducted.
Her suitor had arranged to go to a restaurant near the botanical gardens, but the car drove right past and she started to get worried.
"I asked what was going on and he locked his doors and was like 'you're coming home with me'," she said.