January 27, 2015

Homeless women in Melbourne are being regularly preyed upon by men who demand they have sex with them in return for accommodation, according to those who work in the homeless sector.

Women have told of being raped and abused by men who offer accommodation, with the expectation women will put up with these crimes because of the lack of affordable or safe shelter on offer.

The Victorian government has responded to these accounts, put forward by Guardian Australia, by indicating it will consider funding a new program targeting the issue – in particular men’s attitudes towards homeless women. READ MORE

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