Why is Sex for Rent an issue?
Sex for Rent is a pervasive problem that disproportionately affects vulnerable women. It is especially harmful as the perpetrator has constant access to the victim in their home. In addition, the perpetrator is in a position of power, meaning this does not entail an equal exchange.
- Shockingly, it is estimated that a quarter of a million women have been coerced into exchanging sexual acts for housing arrangements. This alarming statistic highlights the urgent need for action.
- It is thought only one conviction related to Sex for Rent has been recorded, but the practice continues to thrive in the shadows, leaving countless victims trapped in exploitative situations.
Under the current law, Sex for Rent was deemed a criminal offense by the Ministry of Justice. However, according to the law, victims must define themselves as “prostitutes,” which is detrimental to their access to justice.
The current legal framework fails to adequately address this issue, making it imperative to introduce legislation that will hold perpetrators accountable and safeguard the rights and well-being of those affected.
What Do We Do?
Working in collaboration with Generation Rent and the Center for Women’s Justice, we aim to draft legislation that will ensure this exploitative practice no longer evades the grasp of the law. To end sex for rent, we work to:
- Raising Awareness: Raising public awareness about the prevalence and detrimental consequences of Sex for Rent. Through targeted campaigns, media engagement, and community outreach, we aim to shine a light on this issue and challenge societal acceptance of such exploitative practices.
- Advocacy and Legislative Change: Collaborating with Generation Rent and the Center for Women’s Justice to draft comprehensive legislation that specifically targets Sex for Rent. This legislation will aim to close legal loopholes, empower survivors, and ensure that perpetrators face appropriate consequences for their actions.
We believe the law should protect people in vulnerable situations and put an end to exploitative practices. We seek to end Sex for Rent and ensure vulnerable people, especially women, are not coerced into dangerous situations. We should be targeting perpetrators and allowing victims to achieve justice.