“They can take things away and limit the amount of money they’re going to spend on the young lady.

By crosschecking users’ photos with those on and Backpage.com, as well as monitoring conversations between members, Wade says he is able to weed out the escorts posting on his site.

Atlanta-based criminal defense attorney Bernard Brody said there’s no crime in paying someone solely for his or her companionship.

“You have some guys who like to spoil and pamper their women by taking them out to nice dinners, buying them gifts.

Some maybe help with the utility bills or take them on trips,” Pasternack added.

While most of the sugar daddies Cervantes has met through the website prefer to arrange a per-date per diem, one married man wrote her a check for $1,600 to go toward her tuition and rent after their monthlong courtship.

She said she prefers dating married men because they tend to be more paternal and offer a steadier source of income than single men. Seeking Arrangement.com’s Wade said the men who subscribe to his site are discouraged from offering money on a per-date basis to avoid operating like an escort service.

“I thought this would be a good way for me to have a relationship with someone and also make it, as these sites all say, mutually beneficial.” Cervantes is just one of many students who’ve sought out sugar daddies online in a time of need.

Dating site Seeking Arrangement.com, which connects wealthy men with women looking for financial support, reports that coeds made up 44% of the site’s total users in 2012.

“And there are other guys that will have an ongoing relationship in which they’ll say, ‘OK, I’ll give you an allowance and you can put this toward whatever your needs are.’ ” The average monthly “allowance” sugar daddies on the site said they shell out is ,000, according to Seeking