"I only go out with girls 25 and under," says Jack, whose thick head of white hair and bushy eyebrows form a halo around a red, flushed face.
"But I can't walk into a bar and go up to a 25-year-old. So, this is how I go about meeting them." As he continues, he repeatedly glances over his shoulder to make sure no one is listening.
She pocketed the envelope, seeing it as decent money for half a day's work. I mean, I had just gotten money for having sex," says Taylor, who never heard from the guy in Greenwich again. With tuition due in September to pay for her last semester of college, Taylor's back on the hunt for other, more lucrative online hookups. "It's a very expensive job," says Jack, a 70-year-old sugar daddy, who describes himself as a "humanitarian" interested in helping young women in financial need.
An increasing number, according to the owners of websites that broker such hook-ups, have taken to the web in search of online suitors or wealthy benefactors who, in exchange for sex, companionship, or both, might help with the bills.
The past few years have taken an especially brutal toll on the plans and expectations of 20-somethings.
She and her host ended up in his bedroom, where he peeled off her bikini.
"I just wanted to get it over and done with as quickly as possible," recalls Taylor, forcing out a nervous smile.