In this instance, if people have turned to something they wouldn't normally do, I would try and be light on them.
I'd say, 'if you don't want to do much of it, I could limit it.'" Rick later says he's revised his ad, limiting the stay to one-four nights, with no charge.
Joe says the arrangement never develops into a physical relationship ("I’d love to but I don't think it's for the best"), and he'd stop it completely if he gets married.
Does he worry that someone would do this because she was in a tight spot?
"The way they are and their reason for wanting the room." Is it possible to fully consent if you’re stuck for somewhere to stay?
"If a women chooses that and is consenting," says Joe, "I don't see anything wrong with it. I feel I'm on the right side of it." Mark, who wants a weekly "adult cuddle" is the only poster who agrees to meet me in person.
Another is offering rent of £1 per day for an "open minded young girl who would like to explore kink and submission." According to housing and homelessness charity Shelter, ads like these are, "a dangerous attempt to establish deeply exploitative relationships." In a 2016 blog, Shelter wrote that by posting these ads, men are intentionally targeting desperate women who feel they have no other options.By the looks of things on this dodgy site, I'm one of the only normal, genuine guys on here." Another poster, offering a room for two weeks, claimed he wanted nothing in return: "Too good to be true? You decide." I decided to take him up on this, and responded to his ad, as well as several others.Identifying myself as a journalist, I asked the men behind the Craigslist ads if they'd be willing to speak to me."Yes of course I worry about that — that's why we have two interviews.I can tell immediately who's OK with it and who's not." But how can he tell this?
He says he heard from "prostitutes who wanted to work from the room, people with mental health issues, and people who were flaky." I wonder if Matthew thinks the women he hoped to help were wary, assuming he'd want sex in lieu of rent? Matthew seems genuine, but when I follow up the next day to ask why it was only women he wanted to help (surely young men face similar dangers? Rick is offering a room in zone 3, for up to two months, for £30 a week.