Sarah stayed in a relationship for six months longer than she wanted because her partner was providing her with somewhere to live and financial support. For my recently published book I interviewed 15 women aged about their experiences of managing homelessness in Melbourne. When she applied to sublet a room, she told me:. Due to the hidden nature and often ill-defined boundaries of survival sex, it is difficult to regulate and therefore almost impossible to offer protection for women. Until the structural issues in our housing market are addressed, this is unlikely to change. Read more: Governments have no excuse for keeping public in the dark on public housing deals. These types of advertisements clearly state sex is expected as payment for accommodation.
Braelyn. Age: 23.
Some men can exploit the desperation homeless women may feel by offering free accommodation in return for sex.
Joyce. Age: 31.
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A common thread, however, was the assumption by others that homelessness made women willing and available to transact sex for accommodation. Until the structural issues in our housing market are addressed, this is unlikely to change. Jessie had accepted accommodation on many occasions from men she met after becoming homeless at