“How’s it going, Joni?” Radica asked me as we stood outside of the antique shop.
I look at her. How would she react if I were to tell her that in exchange for free rent I’m having sex with my landlord? I’ve no choice. I’m a single mother. I can’t lose my apartment. So, it’s either I put out or my daughter and I become homeless.
“Things are tough,” I admit.
“Yes, they are. Are you working?”
“Yes, but I’m struggling to pay the rent.”
“I need a secretary and my sister’s looking to rent out her basement. Interested?”
This story is fiction but it’s based on true stories. Just recently, I watched a program about women having sex with their landlords in exchange for free rent. The reporter went undercover and pretended that she was looking to rent a place. You can check out the video here. Some of the ads for tenants are very blatant. My story is based on this single mother’s heartbreaking story. I hope that the law steps in and these landlords are charged. They are criminals and should be treated as such.