As the unemployment rate continues to grow, more and more Americans struggle to pay rent on time. Some landlords are trying to use the desperate situation to get sexual favors in exchange for monthly payments.
NBC News quotes Khara Jabola-Carolus, executive director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, who says they have been receiving numerous reports from exploited tenants.
Manipulative landlords are especially keen to target women of color, migrants and other minorities who ask to postpone the April rent. They sexually harass these vulnerable tenants, making advances and sending sexually explicit photos.
This is, of course, illegal under U.S. Law — particularly under the federal Fair Housing Act. The American Civil Liberty Union Women’s Rights Project attorney Sandra Park advises the harassed tenants to report such landlords to police since it is always better to leave a paper trail.