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New York City Landlord Caught Soliciting Sex In Exchange For Free Rent Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Clark Sparky

A landlord in New York City reportedly tried to take advantage of people who are struggling to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic by offering a rent-free apartment in exchange for sex. "Inside Edition" busted the landlord after he posted about the proposed arrangement on Craigslist.

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The ad was titled "Room Share for Submissive Female." The landlord who goes by Eddie wrote, "During these hard times covid-19 has thrown many in a tail spin... If you are a submissive female (20- 50) years old and into the SM lifestyle on a moderate to extreme level... and wanting to barter session/playtime once per week in lieu of rent we should talk."

An "Inside Edition" producer responded to the ad posing as a potential tenant. Eddie responded with what she called "bizarre instructions" and said they would meet at a hotel. "He says to wear my hair down, no jewelry and minimal makeup. And then meet him in the room, undress and put on a pair of stilettos he got me," the producer said.

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The two met at a Days Inn in Long Island where a camera crew busted Eddie outside of the hotel. He claimed he wasn't trying to take advantage of women who are struggling to pay rent. "No. She had the choice to take up on the offer," he told the crew.

Exploiting people for rent has become so much of an issue during the pandemic that Christina Nolan, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont, was appointed to investigate complaints.

"It is always despicable to exploit vulnerabilities by sexually harassing those in need of housing," Nolan said in a statement. "Doing so during a global pandemic, when so many are struggling just to make ends meet, is particularly abhorrent. We thank those in our communities, including landlords and property owners, who are coming together to support those who are hardest hit financially. Sadly, there are some who do the opposite, by sexually exploiting those afraid of losing their homes. This conduct will not be tolerated, and they will be held accountable."

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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