A MAN has been charged over “sex for rent” allegations in the first prosecution of its kind in the UK.
Christopher Cox, from Cranleigh, in Surrey, is due to appear 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: “Following an investigation into so-called ‘sex-for-rent’ allegations, the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) has authorised Surrey Police to charge Christopher Cox with two counts of inciting prostitution for gain and one count of controlling prostitution for gain.
“The charges arose out of an investigation by ITV researchers, passed to police in 2019, which resulted in further criminal enquiries.
“This is a complex case and we have reached the decision following a careful review of all the evidence gathered during this period.
Criminal proceedings against this defendant are now active and he has a right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”