包養平台惹議  老爹找學生 | Sugar daddies search for students on campus

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近期比利時戀愛網站「Rich Meet Beautiful」因企圖透過媒合「甜心老爹」與大學生「甜心寶貝」引起爭論,目前當局檢方也已針對該企業提出妨礙風化與反性歧視法的相關起訴。

TAIPEI (The China Post) – Following widespread complains in Belgium, authorities have put the boss of sugar-daddy dating website Rich Meet Beautiful (www.richmeetbeautiful.com) on notice with charges of debauchery and violating anti-sexism laws.

美商SeekingArrangement.com為「甜心老爹」與「甜心寶貝」名詞下定義。 | U.S.-based SeekingArrangement.com tries to explain the terms “sugar daddy” and “sugar baby” from the outset. (Courtesy of SeekingArrangement.com)

相關當局表示,該戀愛網站經常在比利時布魯塞爾自由大學校區附近打上顯眼的廣告,公開招攬大學生以所謂實踐性的「戀愛」換取「甜心老爹」的金錢與贈禮,已涉及「拉皮條」疑慮。

Authorities are questioning whether such a platform, which recently advertised its services on trucks driving through the campus of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, for engaging in solicitation and prostitution business.

「Rich Meet Beautiful」曾指出自家網站計劃在2018年底招募300,000名註冊使用者,使年輕貌美的大學生,透過使用平台找到具成熟魅力的高階社會人士交往,相關背景類似於「格雷的五十道陰影」的電影情節。

Rich Meet Beautiful previously admitted to aiming at recruiting 300,000 Belgian registrations by the end of 2018 by highlighting “opportunities to connect well-off sugar daddies.” The website has targeted young “sugar babies” with great body in a “relationship featuring a ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ experience with sex and money exchanges.”

本土戀愛平台「愛甜心」的線上廣告也引來關注。| iSugar has also come under the spotlight in Taiwan for advertising its services online. (Courtesy of iSugar)

該企業利用卡車承載大型出租看板在校園附近打廣告,主打「改變你的生活,從找一個甜心老爹開始」標語,使不少校園人士表達關切與抗議,對該企業經營宗旨提出質疑,比利時政府也採取法律行動,起訴47歲平台創辦人Norwegian Sigurd Vedal。

Promotional posters and flyers read: “Improve your style of life (with) a sugar daddy.” Belgian authorities immediately decided to curb the website’s development and put the founder, Norwegian Sigurd Vedal, 47, in check after the university filed complaints.

同時,比利時法官則認為,該企業衍生出的服務包含發展男女性關係與金錢贈禮,違法公序良俗。| Belgian judges, however, believe such a campaign involves sexual services and gifts, which are consistent with the term “sugar daddy.” (Courtesy of François Dubuisson)

但這並不是第一起案例,在現代網路中不乏許多具龐大獲利的類似社群平台,如美商SeekingArrangement.com、麻省理工創辦華裔創辦的aSugarDating.com、和本土的「愛甜心」網等等。

However, though seemingly new to most, this is not the first time that similar activities have unfolded online. U.S.-based SeekingArrangement.com, aSugarDating.com, found by Asian-American students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Taiwan iSugar have also come under the spotlight of precariousness, to name but a few.

此類平台的創辦者經常表示,平台建立類似交友網站,透過進一步的改良提供高階商務人士、與年輕貌美的女生有認識、交往的機會,是網路發展下速食愛情、即時交友的重要一環。

Most founders claim that utilizing digital power to shape dating patterns by making relationships between successful, sophisticated men and young women in the underserved world more possible is a global trend.

「Rich Meet Beautiful」曾指出自家網站計劃在2018年底招募300,000名註冊使用者。 | Rich Meet Beautiful previously admitted to aiming at recruiting 300,000 Belgian registrations by the end of 2018 by highlighting “opportunities to connect well-off sugar daddies.” (Courtesy of RichMeetBeautiful.com)

相關法律人士則認為這項議題存在不少內部問題,例如線上詐騙、不履行義務責任是否適用法律規範、和助長「拉皮條」、甚至是嫖妓文化,衝突社會長有價值關,有礙社會健全發展,並在網路發展與社會道德上產生諸多模糊地帶。

Yet prosecutors and lawyers have pointed out the intrinsic problems of such websites — the legal application to nonperformance of duty, online scamming, or even the possibilities to increase prostitution culture, which have made worse the distinguishability between internet development and social morality.

台灣籍律師丁昱仁曾表示,僅管法理上受理契約爭端解決,包養人與被包養人也難以在法庭上為彼此關係提出實質佐證。

If such a website is socially and legally acceptable, according to Taiwan lawyer Ting Yu-jen, it would be hard for “sugar daddies’ and “sugar babies” to evidence their stance in courts when legal disputes arise.

同時,比利時法官則認為,該企業衍生出的服務包含發展男女性關係與金錢贈禮,違法公序良俗。

Belgian judges, however, believe such a campaign involves sexual services and gifts, which are consistent with the household, self-explaining and the sometimes notorious term “sugar daddy.”