This is the moment a predatory landlord is exposed for offering our undercover reporter a place to live in exchange for sex, saying: “I don’t want to treat somebody like a piece of meat.”
Steven Anderson was unmasked as part of a Record investigation into a spike in ‘sex for rent’ deals targeting vulnerable Scots in the midst of the pandemic.
Our reporter was chatting to Anderson within nine minutes of responding to his advert on US classified site Craigslist.
He told us he was looking for “sexual favours” no more than “twice a week” in exchange for a room in his town centre flat.
After bombarding our reporter with messages, pictures and offers to meet, the divorcee from Uddingston, South Lanarkshire, agreed to a video call.
In it, he tells us he used escorts before deciding to turn to Craigslist in a bid to find an alternative.
He said: “I don’t want to be disrespectful or treat somebody like a piece of meat and don’t want you thinking someone is going to be clicking their fingers and saying ‘you do this’ but I would know if you weren’t comfortable with it.
"And I wouldn’t want to do it either, you know force somebody into doing something.”
He then asked: “Are you happy to do something a couple of times a week? If you’re not you’re welcome to stay until you find something. I’m not that kind of person.”
Anderson told us a woman from Edinburgh, whose job had been affected by Covid-19, had been due to take him up on the offer but the deal had fallen through.
When our reporter revealed her identity and asked if he realised what he was offering could amount to exploitation, he replied “no” and hung up the phone.
He did not respond to our request for comment.
We went undercover to lay bare the depraved tactics used by would-be landlords to manipulate those in dire need as charities report a worrying spike in those being propositioned with seedy deals across the country.
Today campaigners unite in a call for action, demanding robust legislation, better protection for vulnerable people impacted by Covid-19 and tougher restrictions on sites where predatory landlords operate.