August 26, 2015 at 9:02 am EST | by Staff reports
Rentboy.com CEO, employees arrested
Rentboy.com, gay news, Washington Blade

Prosecutors describe male escort website as ‘Internet brothel’

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Federal authorities on Aug. 25 arrested seven employees of a male escort website on charges related to the promotion of prostitution.

Rentboy.com CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the six other men were taken into custody. WNBC reported that agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and members of the New York Police Department raided the website’s lower Manhattan office.

The indictment alleges that Hurant and the six other defendants violated the federal Travel Act through the promotion of prostitution. Federal authorities on Aug. 25 also seized more than $1.4 million from six bank accounts and proceeded to shut down Rentboy.com.

A press release from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York indicates Rentboy.com made more than $10 million between 2010-2015.

“Rentboy.com attempted to present a veneer of legality, when in fact this Internet brothel made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie.

A federal judge on Aug. 25 released Hurant and his co-defendants on bail.

A spokesperson for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York declined to comment in response to the Washington Blade’s question about whether federal authorities in the course of their investigation obtained records of clients who met escorts through Rentboy.com.

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