A single mum has revealed how she managed to make almost £8,000 a year by charging men to date her, after finding her customer services wage wasn't enough to cover the cost of running her home and dealing with mounting debt.
Sabrina Perez, 25, was worrying that she and her four-year-old daughter would be evicted from their home in Boston, Massachusetts, US, when a friend told her about a site called <span class="NormalTextRun SCXW182294752" "="">WhatsYourP<span class="NormalTextRun SCXW182294752" "="">rice.com, where affluent suitors bid generously for the chance to go on a first date with attractive singletons.
Explaining she was initially nervous about her new line of work, Sabrina says she has since made $10,000 (£7,700) since signing up a year ago, also bagging various lavish gifts like designer clothes, perfume and jewellery.
But she admits others don't always understand how it works, and has hit back at anyone who thinks this is like escorting, which is something the site specifically bans.
Sabrina's 'day job' is in customer services. Credit: PA Real Life
She said: "People have a huge misconception about the sorts of girls who use WhatsYourPrice. But really it's no different to dating in the real world - if you don't want to go out with someone, you don't have to.
"You don't owe these men anything and most of them just want a companion. But, if you do get someone interested in one thing, you just move along.
"I don't pick anybody I wouldn't date in the real world so the way I see it, if I'd go out with them for free anyway, I may as well get a little financial help out of it."
After her last relationship ended around two years ago, Sabrina worried she was attracting the wrong sort of men.
"I'd either meet people through work or in bars when I went out. But I don't want somebody that's just going to use me," she explained.
"I'm looking for someone mature, who knows their mind and their goals.
"I want a proper connection and to find somebody I can one day introduce my daughter to as I am very protective about who she meets."
A friend of Sabrina's then mentioned she had joined WhatsYourPrice.com - where men were apparently more mature.
"She also mentioned that there were people on there that were willing to help financially," Sabrina said.
"She'd been in a similar situation to me and had gotten real help.
"I'd been having a very difficult time. Being a single mum means it's all down to me, but trying to pay for everything - my own home, my daughter's schooling, all our bills - was taking over my life.
"It all had a knock-on effect. My car broke down and I couldn't afford to fix it, which meant I couldn't get to work easily, which meant less shifts.
"It was very stressful. I worried we would end up being evicted."
Sabrina found out about the website from a friend, who'd been using it. Credit: PA Real Life
Messages began flooding Sabrina's inbox when she set up her profile in early 2018 - as did the bids.
She continued: "You can either request an amount of money you'd like to receive for a date, or men bid. I was getting bids of $200 (£150), $300 (£230), even $400 (£300).
"I reached out to a few men that I liked the look of too, then weeded through the messages to see who I thought would be the most suitable."
The most Sabrina has ever been offered for a single meeting is $2,000 (£1,530), which was money she put towards a new car to make it easier for her to commute to work.
However, in total, she reckons she's made $10,000 in the year she has been on the website.
"The men I have met have been far better than anybody I got talking to before," she said.
"They are more mature, know what they want and have their goals in mind. They are actually looking to settle down rather than party or use you for the wrong thing.
"I haven't introduced anybody to my daughter yet as I want to keep that part of my life separate while she's young. But I hope to one day meet someone special enough."
She added: "To anybody who may be sceptical, I'd say that, just like with any other date, you can walk away at any time and say no to anybody you don't feel comfortable with or anything you don't feel comfortable doing."
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