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UK: Man charged over 'sex for rent' allegations

BY: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/
UK: Man charged over 'sex for rent' allegations
UK: Man charged over 'sex for rent' allegations

Prosecutors have charged a 52-year-old man over "sex for rent" allegations in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.

Christopher Cox, from Cranleigh in Surrey, is due in court next month to face two counts of inciting prostitution for gain and one count of controlling prostitution for gain.

The charges are believed to be the first to be brought in England and Wales over so-called sex for rent allegations, where rent-free accommodation is offered in return for sex.

Senior Crown prosecutor Claire Prodger said it was "a complex case".

"Following an investigation into so-called 'sex-for-rent' allegations, the CPS has authorised Surrey Police to charge Christopher Cox with two counts of inciting prostitution for gain and one count of controlling prostitution for gain," she said.

"The charges arose out of an investigation by ITV researchers, passed to police in 2019, which resulted in further criminal enquiries."

Cox is due to appear at North Surrey Magistrates court on February 24.