Urge Apple Not to Market Prostitution App
  • Petitioned Steve Jobs

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CEO of Apple
Steve Jobs

Urge Apple Not to Market Prostitution App

    1. Diane Adams
    2. Petition by

      Diane Adams

      Lancaster, PA

June 2011


Over 1,000 Change.org members helped confirm that the Sugar Sugar app, which was sexist, heterosexist, and promoted prostitution is not approved for distribution in the Apple store. The campaign uncovered the false claims this company was making about being approved for Apple products.

Petition creator Diane Adams said "I am extremely pleased to learn that the SugarSugar app was not approved by Apple and will not be accessible on their devices.  The fact that SugarSugar lied about its approval in the first place blatantly indicates just what sort of unethical business it is.  Apple is to be commended for creating and upholding their high standards.  Also, the people at Change.org, especially Amanda Kloer, are to be commended for their support of the petition, and for uncovering the truth about SugarSugar's non-existant application."

Thanks to everyone who participated.

Beginning June 1st, Apple is planning to grant an app to SugarSugar in its App Store.  SugarSugar is not an ordinary dating service, introducing people who are seeking a future marriage partner.  Instead, it is “for generous men looking to spoil, and dynamic women looking for financial support with bills, or who just need some excitement in life”, according to SugarSugar’s site.  It will use GPS technology to instantly identify those seeking “mutually beneficial” arrangements within the user’s vicinity.  After “checking in”, the application will map out the profiles of nearby members.  Users will be able to trade stats, show photos or send messages to arrange an effortless rendezvous.In other words, this new app makes it easier for men to use positions of power to prey on vulnerable young women and minors, using them to fulfil their desire for sex.  It helps promote the fastest-growing criminal enterprise in our society today:  human trafficking.

Given that there are strict guidelines at Apple, including the rejection of apps that solicit, promote, or encourage criminal behavior, it is clear that the SugarSugar app is in violation of Apple’s own guidelines.  Since prostitution often includes the more heinous crime of human trafficking, Apple should, according to its own guidelines, have no choice but to immediately reject it.

Apple is known for its cutting-edge technology — not promotion of criminal activity.  Please sign the petition urging Apple to immediately retract its plan to allow SugarSugar to have an application for its products.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Apple has blocked apps offensive to LGBT people and immigrants. Will they keep up the trend by blocking this sexist app that promotes criminal activity and the exploitation of vulnerable women?

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Will Apple Block Sexist, Anti-Gay, Pro-Prostitution App?

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Apple has developed a reputation for keeping offensive applications out of their online store, including one claiming to "cure" gay people and a game called "Smuggle Truck," which used racist stereotypes to mock immigrants. But another problematic...

    5. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Dana Evans SEVERNA PARK, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Are you kidding? Educate yourself on human trafficking please!

    • carrie fritz NORMAN, OK
      • over 3 years ago

      These are with out a doubt the signs of the end times!

    • Claire Cremen CRONULLA, AUSTRALIA
      • over 3 years ago

      Dear Mr Jobs,

      I am a very happy Apple customer. I love my iPad, MacBook Air and iPod touch. I find them to be greatly useful where I work at a community legal centre. In that role I have come to more fully appreciate how vulnerable some women are. They are not weak, but they need support and for all aspects of our society to treat them, and women generally with greater dignity.

      I am greatly concerned about the SugarSugar app and urge you to not approve it for the App Store. I understand that it claims to connect people, but by it's nature it is inherently adapted to promoting exploitative sexual encounters. I believe this degrades both men and women. In particular I am concerned with it's unique adaptability to facilitate human trafficking.

      Further, it is not in keeping with the perception I hold of your company as valuing quality apps.

      Again, I urge you to reject this app's application for the App store.

      Kind regards,


    • Paul Madison SCOTTSDALE, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      Hi folks! Paul Madison, CEO of SugarSugar.com here. While it's been a real hoot watching a simple dating site app somehow snowball into a promotion for human sex trafficking, I'd like to set the record straight about SugarSugar.com and sugar daddy dating in general:

      1. Sugar Daddy dating is not prostitution. Yes, there is often a financial motivation involved, but the same could be said of many relationships. If no woman ever considered money when choosing a mate, Lamborghini would still be a tractor company.

      2. Human trafficking? The members of SugarSugar.com (both men and women) sign up for the site themselves, email privately with each other, and then may choose where and how to meet in person. The same reasonable precautions should be taken on SugarSugar.com as you would any dating site, all of which function almost identically. Who is trafficking whom in this scenario?

      3. Finally, I'm not sure how the author of this petition managed to leap the epic chasm between wealthy men dating service to "wealthy men preying on minors", but it's pretty damn offensive to me, and any other red-blooded male who, ya know, DOES NOT WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH MINORS.

      Like most dating sites, SugarSugar.com does not allow anyone under the age of 18 to sign up for the service. We rigorously police our members area looking for people who may have lied in their profiles. and block them immediately. And while I disagree with the prostitution label, I'd venture to say we enforce our rules more strictly than other dating sites because of it. I'd rather look like a hypocrite than allow child exploitation of any kind to occur.

      Anyhoodles, finding this petition has been a wonderful venting opportunity for me this evening, and for that I thank you. If anyone is interested in continuing the conversation, feel free to email me at paul@sugarsugar.com.


      Paul Madison

      CEO - SugarSugar.com

    • Thomas Moenius FORCHHEIM, GERMANY
      • over 3 years ago

      If it is true: I am disgusted.


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