Sugarbook dating app maker arrested over ‘promoting prostitution’

The founder of a controversial “sugar daddy” dating app in Malaysia was arrested under anti-prostitution laws.

Police did not name the suspect but media and the Sugarbook website say the founder is 34-year-old Darren Chan.

Sugarbook promises to link younger women with older men who are expected to provide financial support.

Last week the app boasted that thousands of students, which it called “sugarbabies,” had joined.

Access was then blocked after an outcry.

The app’s founder was arrested in Kuala Lumpur. He was released, but media said he was rearrested.

The app’s slogan is “where romance meets finance” and it says it offers users a “sugar relationship” in which both people “define what they want in a relationship in exchange for financial support.”

It also says it is “a social networking platform that helps build beneficial relationships with our society’s elite.”

Founded in 2016, the Sugarbook website was blocked by Malaysian authorities.

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