A female estate agent in Hertfordshire has called out ‘saddening’ levels of sexual harassment during viewings by members of the public.
Georgie Prebble, 22, from Hitchin who is a partner and lettings manager at estate agency Be Mint, says she is propositioned by both single and married men ‘all the time’ while conducting viewings and says she is sad that she must accept this as part of her working life.
Prebble, who tells HertsLive that she was recently offered £200 for sex by a man while taking the lift up to a rented apartment she was showing.
At first she thought the man was trying to bribe her to give him the flat but, once his true intentions became clear, she made her excuses and returned to her car and had the man’s name blacklisted on the company’s records.
“I was so shocked, but at the same time it’s become not-unusual for me,” she said.
Prebble says she has had to attend a personal safety course that taught her how to stay during viewings by always having an escape route in mind, and a rape alarm.
“The typical British person is genuinely nice, like myself, but as a blonde female in the industry we need to stand up for ourselves,” she says.
Her comments will be familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of Suzy Lamplugh, who disappeared in 1985 during a property viewing with a ‘Mr Kipper’ in London and has not been seen again.
Her body has never been found and, although several men have been investigated, nothing has ever made it to court.
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