When a woman can’t pay her bills, she should offer her body as payment demands a debt collector.
ABC-24 of Memphis, Tennessee reports that a debt collector would accept sex in exchange for paying a consumer debt. The victimized debtor, Mia Dodson, claims she has a telephone voicemail recorded by an employee of the DCA Law Firm attempting to collect a debt. The first problem is that she does not owe the debt, says Dodson. The debt collector tried to collect for several years, she says, but after no success one of its agents finally demanded sex in lieu of payment. Hearing her voicemail, the debt collector coolly stated:
If you cannot pay back with money, you can pay back with your body. That is what I am expecting from you. My room is open 24/7 anytime. I’ll be waiting for your call. Let’s have a wonderful night.
The male debt collector then left his number and a cell number for Dodson to call and deliver. “Never in my life had I heard anything like that before,” Dodson told ABC-24.
She has hired an attorney, and he is expected to prosecute DCA Law Firm under applicable laws. One of them might be the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
The FDCPA prohibits debt collectors from harassing, abusing, or oppressing consumers alleged to owe a debt. While the FDCPA does not specifically outlaw the solicitation of sex for value (in itself a crime), some sections are broad enough to prohibit this kind of behavior. Even some debt collectors would agree that DCA Law Firm’s alleged actions clearly cross a line. However, when not collecting debts, most debt collectors are trying to weaken the FDCPA, not strengthen it.
However, if the FDCPA, passed in 1978, was too strong, debt collectors wouldn’t consider soliciting sex as payment in 2011.