Wera Hobhouse Calls Out 'Sex For Rent' Landlords

By Office of Wera Hobhouse, Sep 13, 2018 9:09

Wera has spoken up in Parliament against the practice of 'sex for rent'. 

Sex for rent is when a landlord solicits sex in exchange for shelter, as opposed to the tenant paying rent with currency. Whilst the practice is illegal, prosecutions are incredibly rare, and sites like Craigslist and Gumtree are awash with listings offering such arrangements. 

Inflated house prices, and stringent rules surrounding the allocation of social housing, mean that many young men and women are in positions where they may have no other choice than to accept the arrangement.  

Wera said: "This is a practice that exploits the vulnerable. Victims often have the choice between accepting the arrangement or sleeping on the street. More must be done to protect them; we need to look at CPS guidelines to stamp the practice out."

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