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French Housing Crisis: Trading Sex For Rental

A housing crisis in France has given nasty landlords an opportunity to trade property for sex. Apartment owners are advertising rentals "contre services" — or "against services." Some of the services accepted include creative ways of offsetting high rent, such as agreeing to maintain the apartment. But, other scum lords are creating lease terms that include illicit sexual services. Oh mon dieu!

The BBC uncovered some of the raunchy advertisements, which include: "Sex twice a month;" "open in spirit and elsewhere;" "Flat in exchange for libertine services." When property costs are so high, and finding affordable housing near impossible, tenants, young and poor, are sometimes left with little choice but trade their bodies for roofs.

Do these agreements amount to sex between consenting adults? I tend to see them as exploitation of the vulnerable. The debate is similar to that surrounding prostitution. Should sex be a commodity that can be traded on the open market? For those who are desperate, is it the only asset they have left?


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