Sugar Baby Students

Dr. Phil explores the new trend of sugar baby college students exchanging companionships -- and maybe sex -- for money and extravagant gifts. Is this the Internet version of the world’s oldest profession?

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"I grew up in Singapore, and I was very shy, very nerdy," says Brandon, creator of "When I was at MIT, I was looking at all these beautiful girls dating the guys I wanted to be. My inspiration for starting is really to be able to meet beautiful girls more effectively. A sugar daddy comes with the power of wealth, and success and confidence. For the younger girls, power and wealth are very important factors.

"I am taken aback when some legal expert calls me a pimp," he says. "That is definitely shocking to me. I am a pimp of brutal honesty. I believe that relationships should be two ways, and if people can communicate that up front, then relationships would be [happier]. For a guy who wants to be a sugar daddy, is an exciting place to be."

Brandon joins the discussion, along with Sunny Hostin, CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor. Sunny vehemently disagrees with Brandon. She says Brandon exploits women for money and his site is new age prostitution. She tells the sugar babies, "He's a web pimp. He's the pimp that you really need to be concerned about. You need to be concerned about this because he is educated, he went to MIT, and he is exploiting you, ladies, and it's unfortunate that you don't even realize it, and that is why I think we need to be concerned about this."

Brandon denies that he's a pimp. "A pimp beats up the women, a pimp takes a cut of what they make. These women, none of them think they're prostitutes, none of them think they're hookers."

"That's why you're scary," Sunny tells him, "because you've convinced them that they're not prostituting, and they are. And Kristen," she says, turning to the young woman, "forget about law school. You can't pass the character exam. You'd have to admit to doing this kind of thing, and it is illegal!"

"How is it prostitution if I'm not sleeping with them?" Kristen asks.

"You are sleeping with some of them. You think these men are giving you money for your happiness? They're not. They're giving you money for sex," Sunny says. "And in a sting operation, which is something that federal prosecutors do, the minute you exchange money for sex, money for gifts, you're prostituting yourself."
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