The Echo also reports that Emilina was offered another flat from a man in St. Helens on Craigslist who said she could "come down and have a chat". This is the sinister reality of men trying to rent their homes out for sex on Merseyside - arrangements which the government says are illegal and could lead to prosecutions.
Posing as "Emma", a young woman in need of a place to live, I contacted two men who advertised flats to rent online - promising reduced or free rent as part of a private arrangement. Neither of the men asked about my personal situation, why I might need free housing or whether I was vulnerable in any way.
However, within moments of my first call with a would-be landlord it became clear what he wanted from me.
The first man I spoke to called himself Dave. I asked Dave what he would expect from me in exchange for a place to live rent free. As our conversation went on, he went into graphic detail about some of the things he wanted to do to me - the majority of which are too explicit for publication. He did ask whether I had a boyfriend and whether I lived with my parents. When it came to surrendering his own personal information, Dave was surprisingly forthcoming. Whether he felt he was exerting pressure on me or not, problems of power and repayment could all come into play if you were indebted to a man for hundreds of pounds every month.
He asked me to meet up over the weekend for a meal and some drinks. To find him, all I had to do was search for housing on Merseyside using the free classifieds site Craigslist. The second Craigslist England sex for a flat in St Helens that would be shared with a truck driver called Paul.
After a couple of texts in which Paul tried to convince me to meet him at the flat in St Helens. We agreed on a phone call. At 48 years old, Paul told me he wanted some company - someone to come home to at the end of the day. Someone who would keep on top of things in his two bedroom flat and do his ironing.
He said the spare room had a double bed I could sleep in if I preferred. Only if you want to. If we click, we click.
You know, we might like each other. Have you got a boyfriend? Offering accommodation in return for sex violates Section 52 of the Sexual Offences Act of and could carry a jail sentence of up to seven years. Our message is clear - landlords who exploit vulnerable people will not be tolerated. They are exploiting the vulnerable in our society, and should be ashamed of themselves. However, websites like Craigslist should be proactive in preventing these from being published.
We contacted Paul and Dave after our conversations to confront them about their propositions and let them know we would be publishing this article.
The Wirral advert has since been removed from Craigslist - but at the time of publication the St Helens listing was still live on the site. Detective Chief Inspector Martin Earl, said: "We would urge anyone who believes they, or someone they know, have been exploited to contact police. We will make sure all reports are properly and thoroughly investigated. But problems arise when vulnerable women are drawn in by these adverts because they need somewhere to stay due to financial or personal problems, or because they are new to the country and in a precarious housing situation.
These women are still consenting adults, but their situations place them in a position where they may be forced to do things they feel uncomfortable or unsafe with, in order to have a roof over their he. The local authorities and national government now needs to look at stepping in on these kinds of advertisements now.
I was fortunate enough to be contacting these men from a position of complete security, but the conversations I had with them still left me Craigslist England sex incredibly uncomfortable. Within minutes I was being offered a place to stay in exchange for sex. I could speak to these men safe in the knowledge I would never have to consider such a risky situation in order to have a roof over my head.
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