An ongoing legal case exposes an unexpected consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crisis it has engendered in Malaysia: the police have just arrested the creator of “Sugar Book”, a dating app.
On its website, we can read that Sugar Book is ” a luxury dating app where members connect, meet and develop mutually beneficial relationships ».
The “benefits”, as you will no doubt have understood, are on the one hand the purses of more or less young men and on the other, the beauty or the youth of young women who are often students.
Because when you register on the website with your student email address, you don’t need to pay. An internal study published last week also ensures that being a student is the most represented occupation among Sugar babies Malaysian.
Why was the founder arrested this week? Among the charges, ” statements leading to public mischief ” and of ” solicitation for prostitution ».
This is not the first time that such a site has been accused of such misdeeds. In Belgium, ongoing legal cases accuse the site Rich Meet Beautiful « incitement to prostitution “. In France, an investigation was opened for aggravated pimping about the same site.
All over the world, this kind of website seems to fall into legal limbo. The platforms ensure that they do nothing but connect and remind that they do not explicitly at any time encourage its members to have sex.
In Malaysia, since the publication of the studies carried out by the sites of Sugar Daddy, the subject could not be more controversial. Some are alarmed by the growing student insecurity, partly responsible for the success of the application since the pandemic. They recall that the tuition fees of Sunway University, the one with the most Sugar Babies on its campus, amount to 12,200 euros and that they have not fallen since the arrival of the Covid-19.
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