Exchanging Free Rent For Sex Is The Latest Craigslist Craze


If your dreams have yet to match up with your pay, perhaps seeking a roommates-with-benefits relationship could be your next course of action. In these hard economic times, more and more lonely boarders are looking to Craigslist for the solution to both their wanton and financial woes. According to 9News based in Colorado, the great West is a veritable hotspot for these types of room-for-sex deals.


“Free Place for a Female” boasted one ad that kept popping up in Denver over the series of several weeks that 9News investigated the new trend. The most popular ads rake in an average of 20 responses a week. Predominantly posted by men, the practice could possibly be breaking prostitution laws in Colorado, with the implication that posters on Craigslist will take advantage of young girls in their power position. In this case, prostitution could get both men and women in trouble.

It’s a fine legal line between companionship and straight up sex exchange. If the ad is explicit, the exchange is illegal, but if the ad is subtle, it’s lawful. Because of this, the ads are laden with euphemistic language for the situation: barter, trade, free room.

Though the pattern to look for roommates-with-benefits is gaining in strength and postings, it hasn’t taken off in major metropolitan areas with notoriously high rents. In places like NYC, people can’t afford to give it away for free.



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