There must be consequences for anyone attempting to sexually exploit people who are desperately trying to put a roof over their heads
A shocking RTÉ Investigates report will this week lay bare the consequences of the Government’s failure to protect renters from sexual exploitation, according to Social Democrats deputy leader Cian O’Callaghan.
Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s spokesperson on housing, said:
“The special report, to be broadcast on Prime Time this Thursday, will show why there is an urgent need for clear legislation to deter opportunists from seeking sexual favours from vulnerable renters.
“It is now more than a year since I introduced the Ban on Sex For Rent Bill 2022, which was killed off by this Government. This would have created an offence of requiring or accepting sex as a condition of accommodation, with penalties of up to seven years in prison or a €50,000 fine.
“Despite promising at the time to act on the issue, the Government has failed to bring in its own legislation. RTÉ’s secretly recorded footage of tenants being asked for sex in return for a desperately needed place to stay is a direct result of this inaction.
“Renters are already facing an uphill battle due to the lifting of the eviction ban and ever-dwindling supply of properties. There must be consequences for anyone attempting to sexually exploit people who are just trying to put a roof over their heads.”
July 25, 2023