Seeking Arrangement have responded after a prostitute with “over 2,000” clients was arrested for injecting a married Google executive she met on the site with a fatal dose of heroin.
Santa Cruz police said that Alix Tichelman, 26, used the sugar daddy dating site to meet clients, which included other Silicon Valley executives.
Tichelman killed father-of-five, Forrest Timothy Hayes, 51, on his 50ft yacht, Escape, with a lethal dose of heroin.
Surveillance showed that rather than calling 911, she stepped over his unconscious body, gathered her belongings, finished her wine and left.
In a statement, Seeking Arrangement said:
“In this case, the suspect’s profile did not indicate that she was using the site inappropriately, or was a danger to any other member.
“Our members’ safety is our top priority. Our membership review team diligently fields reports, and kicks off many potential members before they even complete the sign-up process if they are known escorts or prostitutes.”
Earlier in the year, French group Equipe d’Action filed legal proceedings against the US sugar daddy site, accusing it of running a “disguised prostitution” racket.
They want such sites to be looked at when French parliament discuss a landmark prostitution bill.
Seeking Arrangement — created by MIT graduate Brandon Wade, who owns Carrot Dating and WhatsYourPrice — has thus far escaped prosecution due to a line in the terms and conditions that bans anyone using the site “to send requests of a professional or commercial character”.
Detective revealed that high-end prostitute Tichelman is also being investigated about a similar death – that of former boyfriend and Atlanta nightclub owner Dean Riopelle, who died of a heroin overdose last September.
Read more about the Hayes case here.