Why young girls fall for sugar daddies

By Drum Digital
05 April 2011

SOFT sobs filter through her muffled words. The young woman on the phone tries to compose herself but can't hide or suppress her fear.

She's scared that her sugar daddy might find out she's speaking to DRUM, she says – then adds she's determined to speak out to help other girls in similar destructive relationships.

Her married lover knows her every move so she can't speak to us face to face. "He would kill me if he knew I was talking to you,"

Lindiwe Khumalo* says. "But I want other impressionable girls to learn from my mistakes. If I can save at least one life I can be at peace." Lindiwe (21) of Diepsloot, Joburg, is one of an increasing number of young South African women who has a sugar daddy, a man who sponsors her financially.

Read the article in the Drum of 12 May 2011 – and share your views below.

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