The landlord in the open posted a "bargain" on renting a house: ?650 per month with the option of "reducing the size of the deposit/rental charge" in the case of an "alternative offer" from a potential tenant. In fact, the young man offered sex instead of payment for accommodation.
The proposal was promptly responded by journalist Sian Thomas, who invited the landlord to a meeting in order to reveal the truth. They were sitting in a fashionable restaurant and openly discussing sex instead of paying rent.
The owner of the housing said: "I do not want to force you to anything, I just want to help you. Perhaps you have heard of friendship without obligations." After being asked about how often he wanted to be provided with intimate services, he replied: "If we agreed on having sex once a week, then perhaps I could even refuse a monthly rent."
It is reported that the landlord used the website Craigslist, where it is possible to post any ads absolutely legally. In addition, the incitement to prostitution can be recorded only if the lease is signed. So now an unscrupulous man cannot be imprisoned or even arrested. Although in Great Britain incitement to prostitution is punishable under the Sexual Offenses Act of 2003.
However, given that the meeting was part of the investigation of "sex for rent" and the owner of the housing did not want to show up on television, he deleted his offer. In an e-mail sent to the editorial office, he wrote: "I should not have done this, I am an idiot and I regret what happened, I will never try to do this again, I am very ashamed. Please do not reveal my identity, I do not want to be a monster in people's eyes."
Perhaps, thanks to the program, one victim of the future pimp was saved. However, the site has dozens of ads for free rental housing, including ads for a two-story bungalow in Newport "with a decline in rent in exchange for favor" and a free apartment in Cardiff for "kindness and love."