BROOKLYN, NY – Reuters is reporting that the CEO of former escort service Rentboy.com has been indicted on prostitution charges.
A federal grand jury in Brooklyn, NY. came back with three counts against Jeffrey Hurant, including money laundering which was not a part of the original complaint.
In August of 2015, Easy Rent Systems Inc., operating under the name Rentboy.com was subject to a federal investigation and authorities stormed the tiny office in New York arresting Hurant, 51, and six other employees, though Hurant was the only one named in the indictment.
The Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office said the other six have criminal complaints still pending.
Rentboy was a successful startup and remained so for two years. Many have criticized its closure because the operation was never hidden from public view, and remained transparent throughout.
Authorities have estimated that the site was the most popular website of its kind.
The annual awards show called The Hookies was also produced by the company.
Although, when it was active, Rentboy’s webpage displayed many disclaimers stating that the men on the site were only available for companionship and not sexual favors, authorities have asserted that the site was primarily used for prostitution.
Men who wished to advertise themselves on the site would pay $59.95 per month or more in hopes to connect with many of the 500,000 daily page visitors.
Prosecutors also say that the site would offer discounts to other escort agencies and that the company never verified if contractors were above the age of 18.
Some groups chastised Rentboy’s closure saying the company was giving escorts a safe place to interact by not having them work the streets or under the servitude of malevolent flesh-peddlers.
There is no word yet of Hurant’s arraignment date.