Apartments for women in exchange for sex

A shortage of social housing, Airbnb expansion, a lack of new and available apartments and high rents in Prague have made women facing economic hardships a target of predatory landlords.

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Why this story matters:

In February this year, investigative journalist Ellie Flynn went undercover as a student seeking housing and shed a light on this Europe-wide problem. Flynn reported that 250,000 British women reported having been offered free or discounted accommodation in return for sexual favors over last five years. 

Sex for rent arrangements have also become widespread in Prague as well, even if media did not give the matter much coverage.

In the last several years, Czechia has been facing the fastest growing housing prices in Europe, with Prague being the most affected. 

In the article recommended below, the political scientist and sociologist Adela Jurečkova describes her experience with renting apartments in Prague.

Jurečkova found advertisements on Czech real estate websites stating: "apartment for rent, cheap, women (small child allowed) from 18 to 55,7000 Czech crowns, in exchange for causal sex"; "29-year-old-man seeks a female student to share an apartment, rent agreeable, oral sex preferred" or, "man seeks young, pretty, sexy girl, cheap rent, depending on her willingness, etc."

Details from the story:

  • One square meter in Prague's 1 district is worth more than 6,500 EUR. The average offer in all Prague districts increased from June 2016 to June 2017 by 25% to 3,600 EUR per square meter.
  • On the other hand some women warn in ads seeking flats that they are not interested in sex for rent offers.
  • Average salaries are not as high in Prague as in other parts of the EU, and when taking into account the gender pay gap and a deeply sexist approach towards women (Czechia came last in the 2017 Eurobarometer Gender Equality Index) has has a negative affect on women facing economic hardships. All of this has led some to make women the desperate decision to agree on terms with these landlords.
  • Adela spoke with the lawyer Vera Novakova who said that, like in Britain, sex for rent arrangements in the Czech Republic are punishable by law. Adela contacted the police authorities about this issue, but they didn’t have any experience with such cases, as no one is reporting them.
  • Adela also spoke with real estate agents and landlords who didn’t want foreigners, Roma people or single women as tenants.
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