Response to BBC news story ‘Landlord adverts posted online ‘target young for sex’:
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda, says: “Homeless women are in an extremely precarious and often desperate position. Adverts offering shelter in return for sex are a disgusting abuse of their position and show just how shameless some men will be in exploiting women who have few other options.
“Government must take urgent action to ensure women can get a roof over their head without having to resort to unwanted sex and the violence that so often goes along with it. That means ensuring sufficient affordable housing and that benefits meet housing costs. We also need to invest in new services to support homeless women – who are often very vulnerable with histories of abuse, poor mental health and addiction.”