A British website offered young women ‘sponsorship’ from strangers in exchange for private encounters. Allegedly a pretty student could cover up to US$24,000 a year of tuition fees depending on ‘the level of intimacy’ she was willing to demonstrate.
The dubious business was exposed by The Independent newspaper, which sent an undercover journalist to pose as a potential scholar for a meeting with a site staffer, but cut it short when he requested a “practical assessment” at a nearby flat.
……..The “assessor” used the name of a senior academic from a leading British university. The website is also registered to a former address of this person. Once approached, the academic told the newspaper he had no link to the website. He did not recognize the man in the undercover footage. Later he said he had contacted the police to report the matter.
The website has since gone down, saying it is undergoing maintenance.