Wealthy men are being tricked into bed by single women who deliberately get pregnant because they view a baby as a career option, a top lawyer warned yesterday.
Soaring numbers of men are being forced to part with their money once they have been ensnared in this way by pretty young females.
They are seen as easy prey by devious women who have no desire to work and equate a baby to a trophy and a meal ticket to a gourmet life for the next 18 to 21 years.
Rise of the ‘piranhas’: Increasing numbers of women are shying away from work and marriage in the hope of snapping up a high-flying gentleman
These predators – namely man-eating women intent on securing a cushy lifestyle – have been dubbed piranhas.
It is a term that has been borrowed by lawyer Diane Benussi to describe women who flaunt themselves in the hope of snapping up a high-flying gentleman, whether he is married or not.
They will then lure the unassuming man into having unprotected sex, under the pretence they cannot become pregnant or are on the pill.
Last night Mrs Benussi said increasing numbers of women were shying away from work and marriage and looking instead for easy financial sources.
She said: ‘Marriage doesn’t seem to have the same resonance it once had. Instead women want a baby.
Babies are becoming a lot more fashionable – they are becoming trophies.
‘For some women having a baby is a career move. They are paid to stay at home and look after their baby.
‘It is a meal ticket for the next 18 years of their life.’
Mrs Benussi runs a large matrimonial law firm in Birmingham specialising in high-value divorce cases and has over 30 years’ experience.
Last night she warned how a one-night stand or fling could leave men with a long-term financial hangover if it leads to pregnancy.
Her company is dealing with an increasing number of cases involving single women falling pregnant and chasing the fathers of their children for financial support.
Mrs Benussi said she has seen a huge hike over the last five years in ‘canny’ women using the courts to gain financial support for 20 years or more.
She said piranhas, which she described as a ‘flesh-eating, man-eating creature’, ‘want a high-earning, high-flying, high-virility man’.
They can attack at any time, whether it is in the workplace or at a bar in a posh hotel. ‘They know exactly where to find their targets’, she said.
‘Middle-aged men who are boring, with a receding hairline, bulging waist line and of course, a fat wallet, are approached by younger, beautiful women.
‘They get suckered in and don’t see it coming,’ said Mrs Benussi.
The single woman will fall pregnant and exploit her target through a legal loophole which could result in her landing a house, suitably furnished, a car and nursery, school and university fees.
They can also obtain a monthly allowance for their child – £4,000 in not untypical in these cases – and money for holidays.
Quite often, this represents a settlement that will cost the man upwards of £2m for what might have been a one-night ‘adventure’.
But she does not put the blame solely on the woman. She added: ‘Any man that has unprotected sex is stupid. He is asking for a big dent in the pocket.’