McEntee in favour of banning ‘sex-for-rent’ arrangements

McEntee in favour of banning 'sex-for-rent' arrangements

Helen McEntee

So-called “sex-for-rent” arrangements should be criminalised in Ireland, justice minister Helen McEntee has said.

Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Mrs McEntee said she and housing minister Darragh O’Brien have jointly sought advice from the Attorney General on “how we can go from here to try to address this issue”.

An investigation by the Irish Examiner late last year uncovered online advertisements offering rooms in Dublin and Limerick to single women for free or a reduced price in exchange for sexual favours.

The justice minister said: “Any type of behaviour like this by landlords seeking to use their position to prey on vulnerable people is completely unacceptable. It cannot be tolerated. It is an appalling abuse of power by people with really unscrupulous morals.”

She said there is “no law against this at the moment, unfortunately”, but added: “That is the work we are doing with the Attorney General at the moment, to see where this could fit in to legislation here. It is not a criminal offence. I would like to see it as a criminal offence.”

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