Britney Boone was struggling financially following the birth of her daughter 18 months ago but is now making thousands

A cash-strappedsingle mumhas made almost 10,000 by charging wealthy, often married, men to date her.

Britney Bone found herself struggling financially following the birth of her daughter 18 months ago.

And despite being paid thousands fordatesshe insists she is not an escort.

Britney, of North Carolina, USA, who claims childcare costs were eating up most of her meagre sales job wages after becoming a mum, said: If I had $1 for every time Ive been called a prostitute, Id be rich.

The 26-year-old has previously dabbled in sugar daddy websites, making around $9,000 (6,842) in three years.

And after having her daughter, who she does not wish to name, Britney realised she had to find another way to make extra cash.

So when a friend told her about dating site , where affluent suitors bid generously for the chance to go on a first date with attractive singletons, it was an ideal solution.

And as well as being paid well for dating rich men Britney has also been showered with gifts like designer jewellery, exotic holidays and shopping sprees.

But she insists the site specifically bans escorting.

Britney said: While Im on the site for its financial incentives and not to find love, its 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 dont want to do.

I can understand why people think that as money is involved, but actually, Ive only slept with one man I met on the site, who I ended up in a relationship with anyway. Anyone else Ive met I see more as a mentor.

Apart from a brief relationship with a friend she had known for six years and who is the father of her child, Britney had been single for around three years before joining .

During that time she used a number of sugar daddy style websites although she found this could be detrimental to her real romantic life.

She said: Guys either respect the fact that Im doing this so me and my daughter dont go without, or they really, really dont like it.

I know people will read this and think, Why didnt you just get another job? But I am a single mum, I cant work 24/7 without seeing my child.

She has a strict routine and she needs me there. I looked into the option of childcare too but it would be around $1,400 (1,063) a month, which is the majority of your monthly salary if you are low paid or on minimum wage.

It got to the point where I really couldnt afford much at all. It was really tough.

But when she joined Britneys financial problems eased.

And unlike the sites she has used before it is not aimed at sugar daddy/baby relationships and is targeted at people looking to date and find real connections.

But Britney admits that her incentive for using it is financial, not romantic.

On average, she receives $100 (76) -$200 (152) for a lunch or dinner date and between $400 (304) and $800 (609) for overnight meet-ups money which helped her support herself and her child when she was out of work for around five months.

She said: On top of the money, Ive 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 Id met from WhatsYourPrice, and within a day, he gave me the money for a new one.

Its reassuring to know I have that to fall back on, that I could lose my job tomorrow and be okay.

Despite facing criticism, Britney insists that what she does is very different from sex work, stressing that if a man ever made her feel uncomfortable or pressured, she would no longer see him.

She added: There is the odd man that is only after one thing, but you get that anywhere. Mostly, the men are mature, career-driven and well-rounded.

Theyve even given me career and business advice and let me pick their brains for sales tips, as a lot of them work in that world.

While most of her dates have been enjoyable, however, Britney is disappointed by the fact a good number of the men she has met have been married.

Although she does not condone married men dating other women she still says having an innocent dinner with her is better than sleeping with someone behind their wives backs.

Britney stressed: Men want that spark too, and to feel desired and validated.

A lot of them have been married a long time and their relationships have grown stagnant.

They dont want to cheat, so instead they just go for dinner with someone who will pay them attention.

Its nice for them to feel back in that early dating stage, where you go out for nice meals and properly court.

And I havent slept with any married men. The most they get is a peck on the cheek at the end of the night.

The majority of Britneys loved ones know what she does and are supportive, but she does accept that not everybody is so positive.

She added: I understand where they are coming from, but this has helped me provide for my daughter, so whats the harm?

To women wanting to try it themselves, Id say be cautious and listen to your gut. Dont let anyone pressure you into anything. Just because money is involved, doesnt mean there is an expectation.

Other than that, have fun. You get to get dressed up, go out and get wined and dined whats so bad about that?

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