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New Craigslist Trend: Trade Sex for Rent?

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Renters are seeking financially stressed roommates on Craigslist, offering free housing or paying rent in return for sex.

Is trading sex for rent the new trend on Craigslist? That may be the case, as ABC15 in Arizona is reporting that the housing slump and recession has driven many cash-strapped men and women to Craigslist and other online classified websites. Their purpose? To provide sex in return for housing or rent money.

While the ABC affiliate didn't post direct links to the ads, the station said that many such advertisements were listed on the Phoenix Craigslist site and "other major U.S. markets." Many of the ads were somewhat subtle in nature while others were blunt and to-the-point. But based on the examples provided by the TV station, the listings appeared to be from renters seeking "financially distressed" roommates.

To back up its claim, ABC15 provided a few samples. One ad from Fountain Hills was titled "Free rent and Corvette for live-in hottie girl roommate." Another listing said that there was a spare room for rent, and only ladies were allowed to apply. "I live by myself, am single and good looking," the ad read. "Would like to have a female roommate in good shape and willing to trade favors in exchange for rent. Please include a picture with your response.”

ABC15 said that the Valley police departments keep tabs on Craigslist and other national classified websites for fraud, criminal activity, and sex crimes. Mark Clark, the spokesman for the Scottsdale Police Department, said that the offers described by ABC15 could quality as prostitution. While it's assumed that there are probably female renters looking for male roommates, many of the examples provided by ABC15 were male renters seeking desperate women.

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    roitman , November 21, 2009 12:09 AM
    I wonder how sex for rent is different from marriage?
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    ominous prime , November 21, 2009 12:23 AM
    roitmanI wonder how sex for rent is different from marriage?


    There's a pretty significant tax incentive for marriage.
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    insaneclowngod , November 20, 2009 11:12 PM
    My roommate and I just noticed we have a spare den, and thought this sounds like a good idea.
    I will be posting my own ad on Craigslist titled

    Wait for it...


    "ROOM FOR POON"
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    insaneclowngod , November 20, 2009 11:12 PM
    My roommate and I just noticed we have a spare den, and thought this sounds like a good idea.
    I will be posting my own ad on Craigslist titled

    Wait for it...


    "ROOM FOR POON"
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    okibrian , November 20, 2009 11:36 PM
    That sounds like a good deal. Win win. ;-)
  • 43 Hide
    roitman , November 21, 2009 12:09 AM
    I wonder how sex for rent is different from marriage?
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    rippleyhakd , November 21, 2009 12:23 AM
    Sign me up.... Vette to keep me wet, im all in for something like that..
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    ominous prime , November 21, 2009 12:23 AM
    roitmanI wonder how sex for rent is different from marriage?


    There's a pretty significant tax incentive for marriage.
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    Dandalf , November 21, 2009 12:39 AM
    I see nothing wrong with this. Also, I'd like to let hot landladies know I'm looking for a room and don't have any money ;) 
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    JOSHSKORN , November 21, 2009 1:28 AM
    Hey I'll work for food...but I won't specify the work details. lol
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    Pei-chen , November 21, 2009 2:00 AM
    LOL, all laws are created to punish the poor and weak.

    Paying for sex is wrong but marrying a cute blond 50 years his junior is legal and tax exempt if the dude dies.
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    Milleman , November 21, 2009 2:04 AM
    As long as it's about free will and personal choice, I see no harm in that. Even if it's a kinda of prostitution. But then... Having sex with the boss just to get promoted at work, or a music or movie contract is also prostitution. And it's done daily. It's only the honest prostitutes on the the street that want's money direct, that gets busted.
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    Platypus , November 21, 2009 2:15 AM
    Seems to me prostitution is two people dating for a short period of time, and then one person hands the other some money as a gift right before they break up and go their separate ways. "Yes, officer. He was my boyfriend but we're not dating anymore."
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    amdgamer666 , November 21, 2009 2:59 AM
    I have no problem trading sex for free rent, but that's probably just because I'm a guy :p 

    seriously though, sounds like a good idea to me. In a way, it's kinda like trading goods for services :D 
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    Honis , November 21, 2009 3:58 AM
    I wonder if ABC 15 tried to get in contact with these guys. They have to have some young attractive females in the office they could use as bait for an undercover story assuming the ad placer didn't request pornographic level photos.
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    hundredislandsboy , November 21, 2009 7:37 AM
    Room for poon, wha-a-at?!
    Another ad might be "spare bed for head?"
    What's the next thing, ladies short with the cash and with high prices at the pump (no pun, "ass for gas"?


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    jsc , November 21, 2009 9:01 AM
    Now, if that will work for the IRS ...
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    SoiledBottom , November 21, 2009 1:29 PM
    From the 70's


    Gas ass or grass

    No free rides

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    demonhorde665 , November 21, 2009 2:09 PM
    personally i think the goverment shoudl abolish "morality" laws tahta re directly tied to religious morals. sure prosittution is not good but i think it is bull s shit that laws dictate religious moral standings over what some one can and can't do with thier body. a good example of what's screwed up with prositition laws , would be nevada , there prositution is legal , and you don't have the drug and other crime elements mixing with the prostitution "ring" there. the facts are when you criminalize soemthing it tends to get mixed in with other criminal enterprises which makes it a dnagerous thing , however you legalize soemthing such as prostituion you eliminate the criminal element to it adn that bassicaly takes it out of the "criminal world which makes it safer for the poeple doing it (from boths ends of the market .. not to emntion eradicates teh millions of dollars of tax payer money that get's wasted on busting prostitutes every year for just doing what they want to do with thier bodies. and all that a side , giveing sex for room rent aint any where near the same as prostitution, in prostituion a girl (or guy) directly sells thier body for moeny and usually they do so to any one. sex for rent is alot more objectional and selective. and as some one else said , it could be viewed as not much different than marriage or any time a girl moves in with her, just you word things nicer by calling it marraige , or living together. BF.
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    CoryInJapan , November 21, 2009 2:57 PM
    demonhorde665personally i think the goverment shoudl abolish "morality" laws tahta re directly tied to religious morals. sure prosittution is not good but i think it is bull s shit that laws dictate religious moral standings over what some one can and can't do with thier body. a good example of what's screwed up with prositition laws , would be nevada , there prositution is legal , and you don't have the drug and other crime elements mixing with the prostitution "ring" there. the facts are when you criminalize soemthing it tends to get mixed in with other criminal enterprises which makes it a dnagerous thing , however you legalize soemthing such as prostituion you eliminate the criminal element to it adn that bassicaly takes it out of the "criminal world which makes it safer for the poeple doing it (from boths ends of the market .. not to emntion eradicates teh millions of dollars of tax payer money that get's wasted on busting prostitutes every year for just doing what they want to do with thier bodies. and all that a side , giveing sex for room rent aint any where near the same as prostitution, in prostituion a girl (or guy) directly sells thier body for moeny and usually they do so to any one. sex for rent is alot more objectional and selective. and as some one else said , it could be viewed as not much different than marriage or any time a girl moves in with her, just you word things nicer by calling it marraige , or living together. BF.

    Despite what you may hear Prostitution is NOT legal in nevada...Ive seen lots of people get arrested for prostitution in nevada on COPS.

    And they always comment how tourist always think its legal in nevada/vegas...Its not.
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    dragon779 , November 21, 2009 3:19 PM
    I just thought I would be the one person on here to mention that trading sexual favors for cash or anything else is wrong. What they are doing is the same as prostitution, and it's never encouraging to see how our culture is slowing going down the tubes.
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    velocityg4 , November 21, 2009 5:14 PM
    dragon779I just thought I would be the one person on here to mention that trading sexual favors for cash or anything else is wrong. What they are doing is the same as prostitution, and it's never encouraging to see how our culture is slowing going down the tubes.

    Slowly going down the tubes?

    It wasn't until the 20th Century that prostitution became widely illegal. Before that there were many legal brothels in nearly every town around the world. They were even split into levels of price and quality. Just like we have five star restaurants down to fast food.

    Now I don't go for prostitutes myself, but what someone else does is none of my business. These rooms for sex listings are nothing new. People were just less obvious saying free room and board in exchange for cleaning, cooking and other services. Often times these arrangements turn into real relationships. As it is quite difficult to keep emotions and attachments out of a relationship of two people living with each other and having intercourse.

    Though if I were to go for this I would be listing three rooms for free to hot young college girls;).
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    impy1980 , November 21, 2009 5:17 PM
    I don't see a problem either, both are consenting adults who enter into an agreement with free will, if the person offering favours doesn't wanna do it anymore then they move out it's that simple. It's a mutual relationship, particularly for guys they'd buy a woman gifts and stuff and he'd probably get sex in return, its not much different. The person providing a free rent room recieves sexual favours instead of rent money. For all intense and purposes peanuts could be used as the currency, it's only the fact the cash is the universal recognised form of currency that it is used 99.8% of the time.
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