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Housing crisis ‘major barrier’ to women leaving prostitution
09/11/2012
12:35 pm
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A three-year study has found that homelessness and housing problems are two of the most common barriers that stop women leaving prostitution.

Vulnerable women’s charity Eaves for Women and London South Bank University (LSBU) concluded from 114 in-depth interviews with current or former female prostitutes in England that more housing support is needed, including safe accommodation away from ‘sex markets’, and help in managing their tenancies.

Housing problems were one of the most cited barriers to ‘exiting’ prostitution cited by the women, second only to drug use.

The report also showed 77 % of the women interviewed had experienced housing problems or homelessness, such as relying on prostitution to pay their rent and living in ‘red light’ districts.

More than 50 per cent were homeless or in unstable housing at the time of the interviews,’ said Lisa Young, exiting prostitution development officer at Eaves.

 

Home Office statistics (from 2009) estimate that there are around 80,000 people involved in prostitution in the UK, however many believe this figure to be a gross under-estimate.

With austerity measures and cuts, over the past year Landlord Referencing Services has been hearing more and more stories from landlords and letting agents about prostitutes and pimps targeting their rented properties.

It is an offence under the Sexual Offences Act for a landlord to turn a blind eye to their premises being used as a brothel.

So what can landlords and letting agents do to prevent such activities taking place in their property?

The answer is simple: Network and interact with your fellow landlords and letting agents.

The Landlord Referencing community is simply 1000’s & 1000′s of professionals within the same field uniting their information about their tenants, both good and bad, in order to assist one another in protecting themselves against any further damages or losses on any new contract of tenure in the future.

It is an important service because whilst Landlords can undertake references from credit agencies, employers, friends and family, it does not tell you how a tenant may conduct themselves both in payments and in their lifestyle.
Their previous landlord can give a 100% unbiased and informative opinion as they have one-to-one experience in dealing with the tenant first hand.

Furthermore, Lifestyle Tenant Referencing can (and is) acting as a firm deterrent to prostitutes and pimps; as once they find out that the LRS system is in place (more often than not) they understand that their activities are not welcome in the property or neighbourhood.

  • Have you ever discovered a tenant “working from home, with a difference” ?
  • What did you do?

Landlords AND Tenants please share your experiences with the LRS community!

09/11/2012
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Providing there was no disturbance to neighbours etc and it was not obvious and they paid rent on time I would have no problem with anyone 'working' from home.

Might have to source an extra sturdy bed though!

09/11/2012
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But would you then be living on the proceedes of crime Paul?

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11/11/2012
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Correct me if I'm wrong but if you have a tenant in a property and you discover that s/he is a prostitute bringing clients back to the home; it’s not an offence to let them continue – unless you put the rent up when you find out, in which case you can be charged for living off the earnings of prostitution instead!

11/11/2012
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no idea on this kind of law with rented property in the UK, would be interesting to know?

I had a call from a guy last week who wanted a flat for what he described as a "working girl from China Town, who only wanted to reside there one week a month." Whilst I was grateful for his honesty I simply could not allow it as it goes against my beliefs as a Christian - so I too was honest with him and he accepted it.

 

Nats previous posts

Good luck Paul, your site is awesome!

Landlords to drug-test their tenants before tenure?

11/11/2012
3:24 pm
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One day a months Rental ???

Guess there wouldn't be too much wear and tear !!!Cool

12/11/2012
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Prostitution in the United Kingdom
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the United Kingdom, prostitution itself (the exchange of sexual services for money) is not a crime,[2] but a number of related activities, including soliciting in a public place, kerb crawling, owning or managing a brothel, pimping and pandering, are crimes.

In England and Wales and in Northern Ireland it is an offence to pay for sex with a prostitute who has been “subjected to force” and this is a strict liability offence (clients can be prosecuted even if they didn’t know the prostitute was forced).

It is illegal to buy sex from a person younger than 18, although the age of consent for non-commercial sex is 16.

Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_the_United_Kingdom

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