A landlord has been accused of offering rent for sex, after posting an advert for a female tenant who wants to live with him, with free rent and food – in exchange for performing “[sic] all wifely dutys.”
‘Gerry’, the name he signed off with, posted the ad in a newsagents’ in east London.
He called himself a “gentleman” and claimed he was looking for a lady to live with him, who “must perform all wifely dutys [sic]” but that “no children” are allowed.
The advert appeared on Walthamstow High Street.
“Rent and food free
“Gentleman looking for a lady to live with him.
“[sic] Must perform all wifely dutys. No children.
A recent YouGov survey, commissioned by homelessness charity Shelter, found 140,000 prospective female tenants had been propositioned by landlords in the past year alone.
In addition, 250,000 women in the UK had been offered free or reduced rent in exchange for sexual favours in the past five years.
Last month, Lib Dem MP for Bath, Wera Hobhouse, questioned the number of prosecutions in cases of sex-for-rent in Parliament.
Justice Minister Edward Argar called the practise “unacceptable” and said there would be moves to tackle it.
He said officials had been “working to raise awareness” of the offences.
He posted the ad in the window of Baltika mini market, which has since taken it down after a customer complained.
A worker said: “We get a lot of people putting ads up and we don’t really look at them.
“We just tell them to put it up themselves.”
While it was still up, a concerned local posted an image of it on Facebook to “get the word out” – something Gerry was unaware of.
When called, he confirmed it was his ad but hung up when questioned further.
He said: “I did not post my ad on the internet. Goodbye.”
The online community, although many joked about it, did not take kindly to the post.
One said: “That’s basically modern slaverywhich can be quite serious entrapment, often trafficked or illegal immigrants won’t have any other choice. Actually very sad.”
Another said: “Not really that funny.
“When people can’t afford to live in city without selling their bodies, shame on London.”