A Christ Church student made top story on BBC news outlets after going undercover to expose ‘sex for rent’ deals in Canterbury.
Multimedia journalism student, Claisse Opulencia uncovered the shocking story of Canterbury landlords offering students free rent in exchange for sex.
The 23-year-old appeared on BBC South East evening news last night (September 13) to speak about the details of her investigation.
She was also interviewed live on BBC Radio Kent during their drive-time show the day before.
The CCCU undergraduate was ‘overwhelmed’ at the immense impact of her first undercover investigative story.
Claisse said: “I’m thrilled and overwhelmed that my journalism has made it this far.
“As a student, the story hit home for me as I would be devastated to think that any of my student friends might be living under these ‘sex for rent’ deals in secret.
“It’s time to crackdown on the landlords who are preying on vulnerable students for sex.”
— Claisse Opulencia (@itsclaisse) September 12, 2018
Claisse is also the editor-in-chief of Christ Church University’s student news site Unified. She was a finalist for an Amnesty International Media Award for her radio documentary on ‘The Vulnerability of Homeless Women’.
She was also a runner up for an IRN ‘Student Journalist of the Year’ and nominated for two SPA awards.