A sleazy landlord has been caught out offering a room to let in exchange for sex in an undercover probe.
Divorced dad Steven Anderson told a female reporter at the Daily Record “I won’t treat you like a piece of meat” after she responded to an online advert for his flat in Uddingston, Lanarkshire.
He was just one of several men the paper found touting for female ‘rent free’ flatmates despite a pledged crackdown.
The Record went undercover to lay bare the depraved tactics used by would-be landlords targeting vulnerable Scots during the pandemic.
Anderson, 45, responded to a message through US classified site Craigslist within nine minutes – telling the paper he was offering his spare room in return for “sexual favours” no more than “twice a week”.
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He said a woman from Edinburgh, whose job had been affected by Covid, had been due to move in but the deal fell through.
During a video call, self-employed Anderson told the reporter: “I don’t want to be disrespectful or treat somebody like a piece of meat and don’t want you thinking someone is going to be clicking their fingers and saying ‘you do this’ but I would know if you weren’t comfortable with it and I wouldn’t want to do it either, you know, force somebody into doing something.”
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He then asked: “Are you happy to do something a couple of times a week? If you’re not you’re welcome to stay until you find something. I’m not that kind of person.”
When the reporter revealed her identity he hung up the phone and has not responded to the paper's request for comment.
Thousands of Scots are believed to be targeted in this way every year but no one is believed to have been convicted.
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Police Scotland detectives yesterday vowed to thoroughly investigate every report from those falling victim to the ‘sex for rent’ landlords.
And charities are calling for tougher action from the Scottish Government to clampdown on the adverts.
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