Britney Boone found herself in a financial rut after having her daughter 18 months ago.
In the six months since she started charging for going on dates, the 26-year-old has made around $4,000 (£3,040).
However, the single mum, from North Carolina, US, insists she is not an escort.
She said: “If I had $1 (76p) for every time I’ve been called a prostitute, I’d be rich.”
“If I had $1 (76p) for every time I’ve been called a prostitute, I’d be rich.”
Having previously dabbled in sugar daddy websites, making $9,000 (£6,842) in three years, Britney realised she had to find another way to make cash.
So, when a friend told her about dating site WhatsYourPrice.com, where affluent suitors bid generously for the chance to go on a first date with attractive singletons, it was an ideal solution.
But Britney, who has been showered with gifts like designer jewellery, exotic holidays and shopping sprees, has squashed claims that it is anything like escorting.
She insisted: “While I’m on the site for its financial incentives and not to find love, it’s a completely different thing.
“Prostitutes are paid for a very specific thing, whereas I am paid for my time and there is no pressure to do anything I don’t want to do.
“I can understand why people think that as money is involved, but actually, I’ve only slept with one man I met on the site, who I ended up in a relationship with anyway. Anyone else I’ve met I see more as a mentor.”
Britney admits her incentive for using it is financial and not romantic.
On average, she receives $100-$200 (£76-£152) for a lunch or dinner date and between $400-$800 (£304-£609) for overnight meet-ups.
She explained: “On top of the money, I’ve been given gifts like a Cartier bracelet and trips to Dubai.
“On one occasion, a guy gave me his credit card and let me go on a $800 (£609) shopping spree in all my favourite stores.
“But I have also formed friendships and now have people I can rely on in a tough situation. My car got repossessed a while back, so I called a man I’d met from WhatsYourPrice, and within a day, he gave me the money for a new one.
“It’s reassuring to know I have that to fall back on, that I could lose my job tomorrow and be okay.”
Although she does not condone married men dating other women, she says having an innocent dinner is better than sleeping with someone behind their wives’ backs.
“Men want that spark too, and to feel desired and validated,” Britney explained.
She added: “A lot of them have been married a long time and their relationships have grown stagnant.
“They don’t want to cheat, so instead they just go for dinner with someone who will pay them attention.
“It’s nice for them to feel back in that early dating stage, where you go out for nice meals and properly court.
“And I haven’t slept with any married men. The most they get is a peck on the cheek at the end of the night.”
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