Via Rene’s Points, Airbnb and other homesharing sites are apparently how prostitutes are now renting out space.
Police in Stockholm say the rise of Airbnb in the capital has resulted in pimps booking apartments by using fake profiles.
Swedish police have spoken out about growing numbers of prostitutes using sublet apartments to charge for sexual services.
According to Simon Häggström, head of the Stockholm police unit leading investigations in the capital, prostitutes are active at around 200 addresses on a typical day in the city, with hotels no longer their accommodation of choice.
“Second hand apartments are now the largest market for prostitution in Stockholm,” he told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN), which broke the story.
…”People are naive. They should think of some more about who they rent out to second hand,” he said.
You’d sort of expect the world’s oldest profession to be everywhere, so why not the sharing economy I suppose?
Private apartments are more discrete than hotels, plus there’s risk of being ratted out by a hotel worker that you avoid this way. Sweden apparently has its own version of Homeland Security training hotel staff to spy on guests. And all anyone does at hotels these days is download porn rather than ordering up prostitutes.
Prostitutes don’t want to use their own places, both to protect themselves and their privacy (which is a good thing) and because they don’t want to risk getting kicked out of their own apartments given the impossibility of finding housing there. Government rules severely limit the supply of housing in Sweden.
Faced with Sweden’s labyrinthine rules on renting apartments and a decades-long waiting list for government housing, Mr. Faux, a Harvard computer science graduate, repeatedly came up empty when hunting for housing — no matter how much he was willing to spend.
…Swedish rent controls and other housing restrictions in place since the 1960s make it almost impossible for people to lease out apartments to foreign tech workers. And a backlog of new construction means that only 10,000 new homes are expected to be built annually over the next 15 years… In contrast, roughly 40,000 people … are now moving to the city to work for tech companies, financial firms and other Swedish businesses each year, according to Stockholm’s city government.
It’s not the case that there’s more prostitution it seems. It’s just moved, become more discrete. And really, that’s nothing new at all…