The next day we invited him for a drink in the evening.We were all quite drunk, and my friends joked about the fact that he was interested in me. We came back home later in the night and shared a bottle of wine in his flat.And a man from Massachusetts named Jacob Lopez said he was raped in Madrid this July, according to reports.Regarding Lopez's accusations, Airbnb told The Independent: "While the issue of sexual assault is a global challenge — and different laws in different countries impact what a web platform can do to help there is nothing more important to us than the safety of our community." Airbnb user Susy Anese, an Italian who lives in London, told Business Insider: "I literally had to run away from my host in Paris and report him.A small number of Airbnb customers appear to be using the service for hookups.Airbnb is unlikely to endorse such behaviour, but some users told Business Insider they had slept with people or been hit on as a result of transactions that were facilitated through its platform.The company also has a 24/7 customer-experience team that is available to talk to Airbnb users who find themselves in trouble.Last December, however, a 34-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping two Americans on holiday who rented his Barcelona flat through Airbnb.
Sophie Dand, a teacher who has used Airbnb, told Business Insider that her male host in Hvar, Croatia, cancelled a booking he had agreed to with a family when he found out that Dand and her three female friends in their 20s wanted to stay with him.Stuart, who does not wish to reveal his surname but was able to confirm he lives in London and works as an architect, said: "I asked if she would want to come to my bedroom. This then continued every night for the rest of the week, and we slept together every night." Mary, another Airbnb user, told Business Insider about her "one-night stand" that occurred somewhere in England last year. "Me and two of my friends decided to spend the weekend on the coast to practice surfing. I was not expecting our host to be a serious silver fox: a proper surfer dude in his early 40s, no kid, no wife, full of good vibes."We shared a beer and had good conversations with him the first day.Reddit user "Your Cardinal Rule" wrote: "This is just a horrible idea.If these guests complain about that s--- to Airbnb you could be in for a world of hurt." Over on the question-and-answer website Quora, someone posed the question: "Has any airbnb hosts had sex with their guests?