Some landlords soliciting sex in exchange for rent during pandemic

Some landlords soliciting sex in exchange for rent during pandemic
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[Ed. – One of the sleazier angles profiteers of the pandemic have come up with.]

Advocates say they have seen a spike in reports of landlords soliciting sex in exchange for rent from vulnerable tenants, NBC News reports.

The spike in solicitation comes as unemployment has climbed to more than 22 million in the span of just four weeks since businesses began shutting their doors during the coronavirus pandemic. The massive unemployment spike has nearly wiped out the 22.4 million jobs created in the 11-year recovery that followed the last recession in 2009.

That has left many renters wondering how they will afford to pay their landlords, with many saying state rent freezes and the federal stimulus checks will not help long-term.

The executive director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women … told NBC News that her office has seen a growing number of reports of landlords harassing their tenants.

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