Craigslist Advertises Sex For Rent

When Ben started editing for The Consumerist, part of his contract was that he had to service Gawker overlords like Joel Johnson and Nick Denton, but not Brownlee, who doesn’t go for that gay stuff. Everyone thought it was a fair arrangement: although a passable writer, Ben’s true talents have always been most evident in his carnal artistry, and what artist wouldn’t want to make a living doing what he loves? But then Gawker’s crackerjack legal monkeys looked over the contract, cited New York State prostitution laws and Ben found that the numerous vacancies he had been hired by Gawker to fill were reduced to only one… that of a lowly Consumerist editor. Sullen, Ben comforted himself the only way he knew how: injecting every Consumerist post with as many gay non sequiturs as possible.

In related news, the guys over Craigslist have suddenly found themselves under fire from anti-prostitution groups for a recent surge of ad rental advertisements offering low rent to women in exchange for sex. One recent ad on the site reads: “Upscale executive seeks beautiful female 18-24 to live in his luxury condo in Coral Gables for $1/month in exchange for some light duties. Help take care of dog, cook occasionally. Sex 2x/week. Serious inquires only. Please email a picture for consideration.” It’s blunt, we’ll give them that. And slightly creepy.

But it raises an interesting question: is a domestic arrangement for sex in exchange for a place to stay the same as prostitution? Are the same laws applicable? Even if they are, should prostitution — a fact of life and one of the oldest professions on earth — really be illegal? If prostitution was legal, women who choose to prostitute themselves could conduct their trade in far safer, cleaner and better regulated environments. Surely reducing the prominence of violent pimps, sexually-transmitted diseases and drug addiction is a more moral position than allowing these things to flourish under the illegality of prostitution.

We’re sure you guys have opinions. Let us hear them.

Now you can pay rent by having sex [World Net Daily]


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  1. Jesse in Japan says:

    That sounds like marriage to me.

  2. DeeJayQueue says:

    Trouble is that the christian majority thinks sex is shameful and dirty and should only be used to procreate. They’ll never go for legalizing prostitution, even though it would solve lots of problems. This is the same group of people who don’t want to let rape victims have morning after pills or RU486.

  3. drsmith says:

    If she isn’t having relations with me and she isn’t paying rent, we would be married or related, if you ask me.

  4. RandomHookup says:

    As a property owner, I am in favor of such arrangements. At least, in my dreams…

  5. Amy Alkon says:

    It’s your body, sell it if you want to.

    The fact that prostition’s illegal is completely stupid, and tied to the vast numbers of primitives in our culture who believe, entirely without evidence, in heaven, hell, and The Imaginary Friend.

  6. airship says:

    Whew! Thank goodness. At first I was afraid I was going to have to read through a whole morning’s worth of posts without getting my morning fix of lame junior-high-school gay-bashing. But you guys never fail to satisfy. Thank you, Consumerist, for being the one consistent thing I can count on.

  7. Who gay bashed? Someone sounds a little bit pissed that they didn’t win the t-shirt contest!

  8. Nick says:

    Prostitution was legalised in NZ a while ago. Since then, well, nothing much startling. Society did not crumble around our ears, brothels did not spring up on every street corner. The only change, presumably, is that now sex workers are protected by law the same as any other employee, and their customers don’t have to be all furtive and fear arrest.

    Oh, and the IRD can now check if the prostitutes are paying their taxes.

  9. GenXCub says:

    Personally, Ben slobbing a knob should be front page photos! In all seriousness, it’s services provided. Think of it as a job requirement. See if it violates labor laws, not municipal laws. Either that or just come here to Nevada where it is legal!

  10. Bubba Barney says:

    In theory it is a form of prostitution [exchange of goods/services for sex], but I don’t see anything wrong with it.

    People ho themselves out all the time in various forms.

    Besides, who is going to police this? I would rather have the po-po focusing on more serious crimes.

  11. GenXCub says:

    Nick, the Mayor of Las Vegas has proposed doing the same thing. The county we reside in (Clark County) is the only county in Nevada that has outlawed prostitution in this state, so people who visit Las Vegas have to drive 50 miles to Pahrump, NV to get their hook on. He used the same argument about protecting the prostitutes, and generally making things cleaner (required medical documentation, etc…). It’s not that closely regulated in the rest of the state, and yet it stays legal, but when he brings it up in Las Vegas (which is CRAWLING with hookers), the people here are appalled.

  12. Ben Popken says:

    It’s hard to be a pimped.

  13. nogginhead says:

    Yes, your body. Rent it out for sex, manual or other labor, marry it to someone or ones of whatever gender(s) you choose, tattoo it, pierce it, maim it, kill it. It’s yours, and the rest of us should keep our hands off it!

  14. OkiMike says:

    I’m looking for a roommate here in Okinawa. Large studio in Okinawa with a million-dollar view of the coast. She must clean, cook dinner during the week and…



  15. factotum says:

    Is it gay bashing if the basher is gay?

    Popken’s Details
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    Gender: Male
    Age: 23
    Profile Updated: Apr 17, 2005 7:27
    Status: Single
    Hometown: Millburn, NJ
    Body type: 5′ 11″ / Average
    Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
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  16. AcidReign says:

    …..In this state, if a guy and girl shack up for six months, they’re married, according to the law. Even if there’s a lease. They can sue each other for divorce, and score money and property…