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Controversial dating site illegal in some U.S. cities

'Dating for dollars' could land you in jail.

By Kristin Wong Mar 7, 2013 4:02PM

Whether it's sugar dating or a website that lets beautiful people travel free, online entrepreneur Brandon Wade has created a slew of controversial dating sites.

But this might be the first time one of Wade's sites is actually illegal.

WhatsYourPrice.com allows members to pay for dates. One user explained the lure to Milwaukee's TMJ4: 

"It just saves a lot of time, because—I'm sorry—but if you are going to pay someone $100 to go on a date, they are going to be a lot more serious than they would if they paid a $30 membership to date 100 different girls on match.com." 

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But law enforcement warns using the site could land you in jail in some cities. In particular, Brookfield and Oak Creek, Wisconsin have laws that ban people being paid for their time without a license. 

"You are being paid for your time.  You need a license in the City of Oak Creek for that, and we will arrest you if you don't," warns Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards. 

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Wade recently appeared on "Anderson" to defend his site among critics who compared it to an escort service. 

"We make it very clear that you're not allowed to have sex on the first date," Wade has said, likening his site to a "dating auction." 

Edwards' response? 

"That's a completely different thing. That's a rationalization for what it is." 

Despite the criticism, the site has over 750,000 members across the country, and singles often negotiate their rate for a first date. 

"She could come back and say 'That's not enough.  I would need $100,'" Wade explains. "You could then counter that with 'How about $90?'" 

His rationalization might make sense to some, but Edwards isn't buying it. 

"If you are the person that's being paid, that's who we arrest."

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Jul 3, 2013 7:40PM
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Don't think I'd use it, but it shouldn't be illegal.
Mar 12, 2013 11:52AM
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I agree with that all guys pay for it one way or another! A nice dinner for 2 $75.00 up, drinks $25.00 up, and anything else. And you get the first date thing I don't do that on first date so then it's another dinner, and maybe another one and get well we don't seem to click and you start all over agine. I was married 10 years, and 3mths after I got my inheritance of close to $750K she didn't love me any more. I don't want a girl friend i'm happy being single and have 2 lady friends we go out then we have fun they go home. I know many past girl friends who love you as long as you had money. Mothers teach ther daughters as they grow up find a guy with money who can take care of you a Dr. ect. It is what it is today... 
Mar 12, 2013 9:36AM
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Its cheaper by far than marriage and in many States a child born out of the act of prostitution, the man cannot be forced to pay child support. It is a win, win situation, if you don't like her, you end the relationship. If she doesn't like you she can stop answering her phone. These pay to meet someone services can be a boon, if they do even perfunctory investigations of there clients. The men might be assured they aren't meeting the black widow and the women might be saved from meeting a serial killer.    
Mar 12, 2013 9:29AM
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Dates and figs may grow on trees, but they are expensive to grow and import. At  $4.00 A pound, they are still a bargain.
Mar 12, 2013 6:38AM
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If you really think about, Even when you are married you basically have to pay for sex one way or another, There is just a piece of paper saying it is legal
Mar 12, 2013 6:20AM
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The first time I saw a commerciat for this website I couldn't believe it.  It is prostitution trying to be legitimate.  Like they say, "a rose by any other name is still a rose".  When Wade said, "We make it very clear that you're not allowed to have sex on the first date",  I thought...yeah, right!  I'm sure that when/if you want to have sex with your "date", that is negotiable----for an ADDITIONAL AND MUCH HIGHER CHARGE.  
Mar 12, 2013 5:02AM
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You are not just paying for dinner, a movie or whatever else you decide to do with the person you are paying for the entire service of her going out with you at all, on top of the dinner and other things. That is the whole point of it being called a service. People can do whatever they want but I think this is a lazy persons job. It doesn't take brains for a women to be able to go out on date with someone. It seems all around degrading for both parties involved. After all what self respecting man would feel good about paying a women to feign interest in him.

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Bill Clinton hired out the Lincoln Bedroom for $50 Grand a night (no telling the perks or if Hillary and Chelsey were included) Big O just uses it for gay romps.
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