The first man to be charged over “sex-for-rent” allegations in England and Wales demanded “degrading” sexual favours from women in exchange for a place to stay, a court has heard.
Landlord Christopher Cox, 52, offered women accommodation if they agreed to cook and clean around the house, magistrates were told.
Staines Magistrates’ Court was also told that told Cox sought women to wear bikinis around the house whenever he was home.
And he wanted them to be willing to engage in bondage, BDSM, spanking, and to sleep in his bed each night, the court heard.
He faces three charges over accusations relating to three separate women in 2018.
It was first alleged Cox engaged in property letting practices after ITV researchers dug into so-called ‘sex-for-rent’ schemes for an episode of The Kyle Files which is presented by Jeremy Kyle.
Police were made aware in March 2019 – two months after the publication of revised CPS legal guidance to help police considering sex-for-rent allegations.
Prosecutor Kimberly Grabban said: “The facts of this case relate to the ITV TV channel referring this matter to Surrey Police in 2019 before an episode of The Kyle Files involving the defendant.”
She explained how Cox allegedly created online ads offering women a place to stay but “in return he wrote he would expect them to cook, clean, and do laundry and possibly more.”
She told the court: “He explained that in exchange for the room he wanted them to constantly be in bikinis and wanted to tie them up and play with them sexually.”
Referring to one alleged victim she said: “She would need to sleep in his bed every night, including bondage, spanking and BDSM.”
Cox, formerly of Cranleigh, Surrey, today appeared via video link at Staines Magistrates Court, wearing a dark top and glasses, and spoke to confirm his identity and to tell the court he now has no fixed address.
He gave “no indication” of plea to two charges of intentionally causing or inciting another to become a prostitute in any part of the world for, or in expectation, of gain and pleaded not guilty to one count of intentionally controlling activities of another person in relation to prostitution in any part of the world or in expectation of gain for yourself.
The first two charges apply to time periods from August to September 2018 and November 2018 respectively.
The third charge applies from May to June the same year.
Cox was released on unconditional bail to attend Guildford Crown Court on March 25.