Landlord jailed for “sex for rent” offences in UK
A 53-year-old man, Christopher Cox, has been sentenced to prison for 12 months for a “s3x for rent” offence in the United Kingdom.
This makes Cox the first person to be convicted of such a crime.
He targeted vulnerable young women to live with him at his home in Cranleigh, Surrey, in 2018. He posted ads on Craigslist looking for young or homeless women to stay at his home in Cranleigh, Surrey.
“A girl in need” and asked, “If you are a young girl 16-plus who is stuck at home and wants to get away, or maybe you are homeless seeking a safe route out, I have a room available in my home for a young girl,” the ad read.
In the advert, he said, in return for a place to stay, they were expected to ‘cook, clean, do laundry and possibly more’. He reportedly told women to wear bikinis around the house, take part in BDSM, and also sleep in his bed in exchange for house rent.
One of his victims was a homeless woman who was “unwell, desperate, suicidal, needed hip replacement surgery and was in pain.” He’s said to have made the homeless woman sleep with him in return for a room.
In August 2018, two female undercover reporters from ITV’s The Kyle Files responded to online ads for ‘a girl in need,’ alerting cops to his behaviour.
The Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday, May 10 heard that, even after he was challenged on camera, Cox still continued sending out his adverts.
Cox has become “colloquially known as sex-for-rent,” according to the judge, and “this is the first such prosecution.”