Rentboy.com isn’t the first website to be shut down for allegedly promoting an illegal business. But federal prosecutors may not have expected the backlash stemming from last week’s bust of the 19-year-old gay escorting site.
Six Rentboy employees, including the company’s CEO Jeffrey Hurant, have been charged with violating the Travel Act by promoting prostitution. They each face up to five years in prison.
In describing the bust, acting US Attorney Kelly Currie denounced the site as a thinly veiled “Internet brothel,” that made millions promoting prostitution.