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IrelandWoman who exposed landlord's slimy texts says she felt like 'sexual object'

13:30  19 september  2019
13:30  19 september  2019 Source:   dublinlive.ie

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Woman who exposed landlord's slimy texts says she felt like 'sexual object' © Getty Images

A woman who was apparently offered free rent in exchange for sexual favours has broken her silence.

A slimy landlord told the woman she could stay in his property for free until Christmas if she’d “go for dinner and see what happens”.

The young woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has now told of how she was "shocked" to receive the messages, and said she felt like a "sexual object".

She told RTE News: "Four days before I was leaving the house he sent me messages asking me if I wanted to live with him. I thought he was joking.

"I'm working and I really want to pay for my rent like another person. I was very shocked when he asked me this. I felt like a sexual object.

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"My body costs the same amount as the rent."

Woman who exposed landlord's slimy texts says she felt like 'sexual object' © Ruth Coppinger The texts sent by the landlord

The woman also told of her fear after her flatmate went on holiday and the landlord told her he might visit the property.

She added: "I got a bit scared because he had the keys of the apartment so I was locking the door."

The shocking case was raised in the Dail yesterday by TD Ruth Coppinger.

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy described the incident as “disgusting” and said he would be following it up with Ms Coppinger and reporting it to the Garda.

More details of the disgusting proposal were outlined by Ms Coppinger’s colleague Mick Barry at the Oireachtas Housing Committee.

Mr Barry said the young woman was in a vulnerable position and facing homelessness when the landlord, a man in his mid-60s, made his proposition.

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Woman who exposed landlord's slimy texts says she felt like 'sexual object' © Ruth Coppinger The texts sent by the landlord

The frightened woman refused and was so shocked she approached Solidarity to highlight the traumatic experience and hopefully help others.

Mr Barry told Mr Murphy he believes this is not an isolated incident as there have been up to 250,000 similar cases in the UK.

And he said this could be “a #metoo moment for the housing crisis”.

Mr Barry challenged Mr Murphy: “Do you accept minister the housing crisis seriously increases the vulnerability of women in situations such as this? I think now is the time for people who have had this horrible experience to speak out.

“Let’s lift the lid on one of the uglier and murkier aspects of the reality of the housing crisis we have under this Government.”

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