As New Zealand house prices and rents continue to skyrocket, those in financially vulnerable situations are turning to prostitution.
New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations national president Rory McCourt said students facing financial hardship often turned to sex work in order to cover living costs.
International students were at the greatest risk, McCourt said.
And with rents in New Zealand up $25 a week over the year to April advertisements offering “free rent for services” are springing up across mainstream house-sharing sites.
An ad posted on Craigslist in Auckland offers a free bedroom in the suburb of Glen Eden in exchange for “sexual favours.”
Full story: Published 20 May 2015