Landlord charged over ‘sex for rent’ allegations appears in court

A 52-year-old man accused of offering housing in exchange for sex in what is thought to be the first case of its kind in England and Wales appeared at Staines Magistrates’ Court by video-link last week charged with two counts of inciting prostitution for gain and one count of controlling prostitution for gain.

Christopher Cox, from Cranleigh, in Surrey, is alleged to have posted adverts on Craigslist, a classifieds website, looking for young or homeless women.

Last year, legal guidance on “prostitution and exploitation of prostitution offences” was changed to make offering tenants rent-free accommodation in return for sex a criminal offence.

Following an investigation into so-called ‘sex-for-rent’ allegations last year, the Crown Prosecution Service authorised Surrey Police to charge Christopher Cox with two counts of inciting prostitution for gain and one count of controlling prostitution for gain.

The charges arose out of an investigation by ITV researchers, passed to police in 2019, which resulted in further criminal enquiries.

Peter Kyle

Cox made no indication of plea to the first two charges of inciting and controlling prostitution for gain, and pleaded not guilty to the third charge he faces. He will remain on unconditional bail until his next hearing at Guildford Crown Court on 25 March.

Peter Kyle, shadow minister for victims and youth justice, is among those who has long campaigned on the issue and called for landlords who offer accommodation in exchange for sex to be prosecuted.

The Labour MP said: “This government has failed to protect victims despite years of hard work by campaigners.

“The government must work with the police and criminal justice system to increase enforcement against this form of sexual exploitation.”



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  1. Whaley

    Wow, literally no limit to some sleaziness

  2. RosBeck73

    I would like to see the proof he is a ‘BTL landlord’ as the title suggests. Or is he just a sleaze-bag bloke and not what we would describe as an active landlord at all?

    1. Mythoughts

      I don’t think Ros anyone is taking the fact he is allegedly a BTL, is in any way as a reflection of BTL in general.
      There is always a rotten apple in every barell.
      As the article says, this was a despictable planned scheme to entice and trap young and vulnerable woman.

      1. PossessionFriendUK39

        Nobody,  but nobody who points out short-comings of the tiny % of Landlords  EVER  references the point that they don’t represent landlords in general.

        Your right technically ‘Mythoughts’   but the opposite is true also.

        The bigger more important subject which Govt Always avoid,  is why there is  such a shortage of Housing in the first place (  shortages drive up prices,    for those first-time buyers and rent levels for tenants.   Drives up the cost of providing accommodation.

        I will be ‘painting’ the  ” Big picture ”  on  later this week.


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