NEW YORK CITY: Feds Raid Rentboy.com Office, Arrest CEO And Staffers On Prostitution & Money Laundering Charges

Breaking news from New York City’s NBC affiliate:

Federal agents raided the Manhattan headquarters of RentBoy.com as part of a money laundering and state prostitution investigation Tuesday, law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York. Seven people, including a high-ranking executive, were arrested as part of the RentBoy.com raid at the offices on 14th Street and Fifth Avenue, the sources said. Department of Homeland Security agents and members of the NYPD, which assisted in the raid, were seen removing boxes from the offices Tuesday. Millions of dollars in numerous bank accounts have been seized in connection with the probe. The Department of Homeland Security was involved in the raid in part because the investigation involves transferring money across state lines

The website has been taken down at this writing. (Tipped by JMG reader Mick)

UPDATE: More from ABC News.

Authorities said the site operated as a male prostitution ring, cutting out the middle man. The complaint said that Rentboy.com, founded in 1997, hosted thousands of paid advertisements. Despite disclaimers that the ads were not for sexual services, Rentboy.com is designed for advertising illegal prostitution, the complaint said. Men would pay a fee and post their information on site, and those interested would go directly to the site and contact the poster. The site charges subscribers a minimum monthly fee of $59.95 and up to several hundred dollars to advertise. The complaint said that between 2010 and 2015, Rentboy.com grossed more than $10 million. “As alleged, 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. The company has more than 20,000 followers on Twitter.

PHOTO: Rentboy.com CEO Jeffrey Hurant.
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  • shivadog

    Rentboy.com was involved in prostitution? Who would have guessed?

    • MDB

      They finally found Joshie Duggar’s profile !

      • oikos

        There would not be enough popcorn in the world if that were to happen.

        • barracks9

          Nah, it would be more fun it they find Jim Bob’s profile there.

    • Paladin SF

      Why is this even a concern for the police?

      • According to the article, money laundering.

        Remember that it was the IRS that finally took down Al Capone. Money laundering and tax evasion will always get you in trouble even if you’ve flaunted the law for years (see: Wall Street).

        • StraightGrandmother

          It will be interesting to hear the story in the money laundering charge.

          • I had a friend who was escorting for a year or so back in the early 2000s. You can only pay for so many things in cash without raising eyebrows. That means you have to figure out something that looks like a legit business to run the cash through. It sounded like more work than just having a regular job.

          • clay

            Was it Serpico where Jerry Orbach played an undercover (dirty) cop who was running a fashion house as a way to track mob money laundering and was making so much profit he fell in love with his cover job? Or was that Prince of the City?

        • David Kerlick

          They are headquartered outside the US, just like Apple, who gets to avoid taxes….

          • or Halliburton that takes billions in defense contracts and then pays taxes in Dubai (and also sold nuclear materials to Iran)?

      • Monitoring money laundering and shutting down this activity is now a prime activity of homeland security. The funding of terrorist groups are of prime concern. I can give you an example — avoiding FATCA (electronic reporting of any foreign bank account over $10,000) is now a very serious charge — and is handled by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network – not by the IRS even though stashing your money in foreign banks is a prime way of avoiding income tax. FATCA make it quite clear that this is an internal security issue related to money laundering, and not a tax issue. One assumes that they are sending their information over to the IRS btw, but no one acknowledges this directly as far as I know.

    • Goodboy

      I wonder what gave them away?

    • Were people actually advertising sexual services there? Or simply “companionship” or whatever with details to be worked out upon contact? Yeah they were involved in prostitution but was it blatant and illegal? This is what concerns me — if this charge is impinging on freedom of speech.

      • shivadog

        Honestly I have no idea, this is the first I have heard of it, It just struck me a funny, like a drug dealer having a website called “Drugs R Us” or something. Personally I don’t think prostitution should be illegal, though it should be made safe for both sex workers and their customers.

      • leo77

        I’ve visited the site. And the postings pretty much kept within the vague jargon of escort services. They offered, massage services, dates, travel companions, etc, but nothing explicitly sexual. But what was discussed once you made contact with one of the “boys” was, I’m sure, another matter.

      • Steve Teeter

        It was pretty blatant. Escorts showing pictures of their erect cocks and so forth.

  • bkmn

    Please let the user lists leak and may Tony Perkins be among them.

    • S B

      you can’t seriously hope TP is one of ours, can you?

      • John Masters

        Unfortunately, while he may never act on it, I’m pretty sure he is. Just get around him sometime…your gaydar will go off.

        • lymis

          I doubt I’d notice my gaydar, what with the vomiting and urgent need for a Silkwood shower, but your point is taken.

      • Smithbc

        Heck yeah, but not because I want him as a part of our community. I just want him exposed, not just as a hateful bigot (which he already is) but a hypocrite too. Nothing brings down an evil anti-gay “family” organization like exposing its main media mouthpiece as a male prostitute hiring hypocrite. And I’ll take tony as a self loathing closet case if the FRC crashes and burns for it.

        • bkmn

          Exactly. I would love to see Tony fleeing from paparazzi type cameras.

        • StraightGrandmother

          Yes, what was the name of the Professor who had an escort go with him on vacation to carry his bags because he had a bad back?

          • TampaDink

            George Rekers.

          • Cuberly

            One of the founders of FRC actually, George Rekers.

      • TampaDink

        As abhorrent as this notion is, what are the chances of anyone whose sole focus in life is impeding our freedom is not hiding behind (well) paying self loathing?

      • jomicur

        None of us hoped Ken Mehlman was one of us. And now we’re stuck with the bastard.

        • Six Pins Delores

          But think about the character of those who would surround it.

        • Joseph Miceli

          Now now, just because he is technically “one of us” it doesn’t mean we have to fuck him.

    • Cousin Bleh

      Is it a membership site like Ashley Madision? Are people really stupid enough to sign up for something like that?

      • clay

        It’s a clearinghouse, an electronic pimp. Which means it probably has credit card / pay-pal receipts and pay-stubs / kick-back records. I assume, not that I’d know, just from reading, you know, travel magazines.

        • People4Humanity

          Hahahahaha. Allegedly.

        • Rillion

          Payments to the rentboys were not processed through the site. It was just a platform for the escorts to advertise (only money the site would get was from escorts in order to advertise their seevices).

    • Rillion

      The clients didn’t have to register, so unless Tony Perkins was a rentboy, his info isn’t going to among anything, regardless of how many rentboys he may or may not have hired.

  • Michael Smith

    I’m sure George Alan Rekers is in mourning.

    • StraightGrandmother

      That is the one!
      In my comment above I asked what his name was, the one with the bad back who hired an escort to carry his bags, that is the name George Rekers.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Where will FRC founder George Rekers find dates?

    • StraightGrandmother

      He was one of the founders of Family Research Council?
      I wonder what George is up to lately?

      • TampaDink

        Taking up space & stealing oxygen, and praying that rentboy.com doesn’t keep records dating back to May 2010.

        • GayOldLady

          Yep, he’s probably trembling in his shoes at the prospect.

          • TampaDink

            I’m sure that his wife, kids & grandkids are also hoping that his “baggage” isn’t about to pop open again.

      • GayOldLady

        He’s probably up to 2 rentboys a night! Those guys never learn and never quit.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    There went my plan for supplemental income.

    • GayOldLady

      I was thinking about starting a Rent-an-old-woman.com, but I heard there’s no market for it. 🙂

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        lol, you’d probably be surprised.

        • GayOldLady

          If there was a market for it, I would definitely be surprised!

          • Ed Burrow

            there’s a market for *everything*.

          • GC

            Rule 34. “If it exists, there is porn of it.”

          • Joseph Miceli

            NOT going to look for that one on the internet!

          • prjoe

            Like they say, “Whatever you got, someone out there wants it.”

          • jomicur

            Location, location, location!

          • clay

            there’s a place called “England” . . .

          • MBear

            I wouldn’t mind “Rent-an-old-Slavic-woman” to come make me homemade cheese pita. Definitely a market for that.

          • StraightGrandmother

            That sounds good, homemade cheese pita. I have never had cheese pits, it sounds delicious.

          • RoFaWh

            There’s a Georgian dish, “khachapuri”, a sort of cheese-filled turnover, that you should also look into.

          • PLAINTOM

            Gray Porn 🙂

          • StraightGrandmother

            Me too Gay Old Lady. I’d be very surprised.

          • Six Pins Delores

            It’s a real thing.

          • Doug105

            View at your own risk.

            GILTF – Grans I’d Like To Fuck!
            giltf.pornaccess.com

            Outrageous Scenes as the World’s dirtiest Grannies get foul, filthy and frenzied in a wrinkly orgy of lust, jism and hardcore nastiness! It’s hard to believe that …

          • DutchBoy74

            So that’s what Betty White does in her spare time!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEh_asEffoQ

      • WildGift

        Don’t be so sure. Every kettle has a lid.

      • Rule 34: if it exists, there’s porn of it. (And my corollary: if there’s porn of it, there must be a market for it.)

      • gaymex

        I thought Rent-A-Gram would be a good handle, but it’s taken. They need to work on their rates though, ’cause who can make ends meet on pay of only $100/day.

      • Goodboy

        Granny porn is a big now so they should.

        • GayOldLady

          You guys are just too much!!! I didn’t even know there was such-a-thing as “granny porn”. Granny porn stars?????? That’s just to impossible to think about. :-)))))

          • Gigi

            There’s a whole world out there that you and I aren’t aware of. Be thankful.

          • GayOldLady

            Yep! My old mind just can’t go there.

          • Gigi

            I’m not even that old (so says my husband) and I can’t go there either. I saw the other day that grown men sitting in a high chair, being fed baby food and wearing (and soiling) diapers is a thing. And they actually find women who will participate in their kink. (smh)

          • Joseph Miceli

            And some of them will be ending up as governor of Louisiana!!!!

          • clay

            are those smiles, or double-chins? (not that there’s anything wrong with that, it sells, too)

          • RoFaWh

            SGm: many years ago I came to the realization that you can dream up the craziest, most unbelievable lifestyle — and somebody lives their life in exactly that way.

      • Joseph Miceli

        “My name is Grandma Lovey.60 minutes of cookie baking is 100.00. Two hours of cookie baking, wrapping you in a blinkee and a glass of warm milk is 200.00. My all night inclusive is 1,000.00. for that, I spend the evening cooking you my special Sunday dinner of meat loaf with green peas with Jello for dessert, let you know that I’ve told all my friends how proud of you I am and what a good boy you are and knit a special sweater for you. I take all major cards except American Express.”

        • oikos

          If you use your phone and Squareup you can take Amex too. 🙂

          • Joseph Miceli

            Amex fees are too high. I’m on a fixed income, young man!!! (shakes umbrella)

          • oikos

            I think the fees are all the same on Square: 2.75% regardless of transaction. Sorry for stepping on your lawn, sir. 🙂

          • Joseph Miceli

            Stop piddling on the gophers! Makes ’em grumpy!

        • GayOldLady

          And to think, I’ve been doing all that cooking and baking for the people I love for nothing. I had no idea I was worth so much.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Snark aside…what you do is priceless.
            🙂

          • GayOldLady

            That was so sweet, thank you!

        • clay

          (cash tips accepted, but you’re paying me for my time)

        • Can you bring your own can of Reddi Whip if you come over? I heard it goes well with Jello AND pecs. Can you bring over maraschino cherries while you are at it?

          • Joseph Miceli

            See, that there is just a sin. NO ONE should be shaving Chris Evans. He’s better furry!

      • Rex

        Can she bake pies?

        • clay

          Can She Bake a Cherry Pie? (1984)

          • Joseph Miceli

            Wow! That guy sure is hung!

            Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week…

      • fastlanestranger

        Oh there’s a market for it.

      • 2amor

        Actually there is a market for it…. we call it babysitting….

    • vorpal

      I’m confident that you haven’t missed your opportunity for the glory of being arrested for prostitution.
      BELIEVE and you can achieve!

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Thank you for the hope
        Was at the end of my rope
        Loan me some soap ?

        • vorpal

          I’m not being mean
          But let’s not be obscene
          No amount of soap
          Will ever make you clean.

          Only saliva has a cleaner
          That could wash your wiener
          I’m willing to try
          Though it’s a misdemeanor.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Meet me in the night
            I will give you a sight
            If you are willing to try
            I promise you won’t cry

          • vorpal

            I will meet you, night or day
            (But only if it’s super gay)
            To see your large tourist attraction
            And commit a real naughty infraction
            Starting down at your toes
            To work my way up to your…

            Ummm… sorry about that reaction
            Time for a business transaction.

  • mikeinrkfd

    Looks like they will need help with their “luggage”. Think George will help?

  • Mister Don

    Well, there go my prospects for a new career, harrumph!

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Ashley Madison, Duggars, Jarrod, Rent Boy… I can’t believe that this week can get any better! And it’s only Tuesday!

    • BobSF_94117

      On Friday, all the week’s themes are going to combine in one huge story, then the sun is going to supernova.

  • LonelyLiberal

    So, if you should hear of any jobs for a middle aged IT professional who can’t get a job in IT to save his life (but is very good at sucking dick), please let me know. Because my income just took a severe tumble…

  • John T

    Prostitution should be legalized.

    • Ed Burrow

      agreed.

    • Todd20036

      So, only lawyers and judges should be prostitutes?

      • clay

        Well, and the preachers, too. In some ways, they’re the closest– pretending to like and to praise their clientele.

    • TommyTune

      And taxed. Think what effect that would have on the gross domestic product. Between that and legalizing and taxing weed, we could end up with a budget surplus even with a Republican in the White House.

      • GayOldLady

        I’m for legalizing pot too. I don’t think there’s any difference in smoking to get high, or drinking to get high. It’s all a matter of perspective and pot has the additional benefit of also having some REAL, quantifiable, medicinal value. And I’m not a pot smoker, but I would smoke it or use it if I had a medical or a psychological condition that it might help.

        • TommyTune

          I would urge you to try it anyway. Like an old, old TV commercial put it, “Try it, you’ll like it.”

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qdfMYFl0Ic

          • GayOldLady

            I have a number of old friends, male and female, that smoke pot, so I have the opportunity, just not the desire. I have a few friends that swear it helps their aches and pains and I believe them. I only smoked a few times when I was young, but the last time I smoked a joint I spent the entire night starring at my sneakers believing that if I didn’t they would disappear and I would disappear too. 🙂 I don’t know exactly what happened, but that experience took the shine off of MJ of unknown origins. If it was legal and I understood the effects of the blend, I would try it again.

          • TommyTune

            Wherever you got that stuff I want some!

          • GayOldLady

            I’m pretty sure the source of that pot is long gone.

          • TerryInIowa

            The pot you got was like a new pair of shoes.. It was nicely laced.

          • GayOldLady

            That’s what I’ve been told. The person who smoked it with me just went to sleep. It either didn’t affect her that way, or she slept through it. I, on the other hand, spent a few hours starring at my shoes and worrying that I was going to disappear. 🙂

          • TerryInIowa

            I’m certainly glad that you didn’t disappear! =D

          • stuckinthewoods

            The strong effect you describe is common in new users (of many drugs). Your friend had developed “tolerance”. The lab I was in 40 years ago worked on endorphins, then fairly newly discovered. There is an endocannabinoid system as well, with receptors for the active compounds. The body can react to a repeated dose by producing fewer receptors or uncoupling them but it is not uncommon for any initial drug dose to have very profound effects. I think regular pot smokers rather wistfully miss that.

          • RoFaWh

            While you can get back something like the intensity of that original experience by giving the stuff up for a while, it takes a long time — perhaps months — for a chronic’s body to completely clear out all the residues. And since cannabinoids are fat-soluble, it takes longer for the hefty than for the lean. I’m none too sure your body ever returns to its original state, however.

            The thing that makes it so hard to chronics to give the stuff up is that being stoned is a very pleasant experience.

          • stuckinthewoods

            yes, pleasant but many people I’ve known relate an effect like GOL’s – and I don’t know any one ever saying it happened again like that even after a “t-break”. I’ve never used meth but I read that trying to recapture its initial pleasure is one reason for re-use. Pot also affects dopamine. Other pleasurable firsties? I sometimes think “love at first sight” is a dopamine rush too.

          • Ryan Hunter

            Sounds as if it was laced with PCP. Pot does not generally act as a major hallucinogenic, at least as you are describing your experience. On the other hand if it was an extremely potent blend then it might possibly lead to what you experienced.
            Of course I speak from what I have read and been told…

          • David Walker

            Then perhaps a commercial will help.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAp8VgMrpRA

          • TampaDink

            Truth in advertising.

          • Drayfield

            I had such a similar experience that it turned me off it. That was many moons ago too!

          • GayOldLady

            Recently I was told that THC level in the blend I smoked may have been very high and that’s what caused what seemed to me like paranoia and delusions. If I ever try again, I want to understand the blend and what I might expect.

          • Steve Teeter

            Years and years ago, I and a friend smoked some pot that was obviously laced with something else. It was not a good trip.

          • D. J.

            Plop, plop
            Fizz, fizz
            Oh what a relief it is….

        • John30013

          Well, to be fair, some alcoholic beverages have been shown (in certain populations, at least) to have moderate health benefits (e.g., cholesterol reduction from moderate red wine intake). But I agree entirely with your point. I don’t see any worthwhile distinction between a pot high and an alcohol high (except for that funny smell…).

          • Doug105

            Yes, modest health benefits, but many social ills. Prohibition was an over response to that.

          • John30013

            I don’t disagree that there are many potential “social ills” inherent in any form of intoxicant, if abused. My point (and GOL’s, I believe), is that pot is not more dangerous than alcohol, which is legal for adults to purchase and consume (unlike pot in most places).

          • Doug105

            Oh I know I and agree with that, was pointing out if anything alcohol is worse, but legal.

        • StraightGrandmother

          I am not a pot smoker either but it seems so pervasive in our culture and so many people get caught up by the cops for it, I say legalize it and move on. People who want it are going to get it anyway, the law doesn’t work.

          • RoFaWh

            My own position is that all recreational intoxicants, without exception, should be fully legalized. Yes, that includes cocaine, heroin, and meth. My reason? The present laws do not keep drugs out of the hands of anyone who wants them. I’m quite certain that many otherwise upstanding citizens enjoy a toke now and then, and keep a small stash on hand; and that some use much harder drugs from time to time.

            Another reason is that drug prohibition is just like alcohol prohibition in that it funds organized crime.

            And finally, there’s always human nature, which, as the wise have pointed out for millennia, never changes. Mankind has always, as far back as the evidence goes, sought out and used whatever intoxicants they could find. Cannabis among the ancient Scythians, peyote and mescaline among Indians in the Southwest and Mexico, yage among South American Indians, alcohol nearly everywhere (except, oddly, New World aborigines). It is like King Canute ordering the tide to turn back when you try to outlaw recreational intoxicants: it doesn’t work. Period.

            Edit: I’d even provide the highly addictive drugs for free to anyone who gets hooked on them. End result? No petty thieving to pay for drug habits. We could leave our front doors unlocked when not at home.

        • vorpal

          Indeed. People want to get high, and are willing to go to great lengths to do it.

          Besides, there are already tons of legal drugs far more potent than pot if you do your research and know where to look. Most of them are more dangerous, however.

      • If it were legal, it would be subject to the same taxes as every other business.

        I used to scoff at legalization. And then once I actually talked to someone and as I laid out my concerns, they are all things that are WORSE because it’s illegal (exploitation of minors, sex trafficking, etc.).

        All that said, I’ve always been surprised to see such blatant advertising for prostitutes. I wondered how they weren’t being prosecuted. Well sometimes they are and when they’re not sometimes it’s just a matter of law enforcement building a case. (I guess they are careful how they word things?)

        • TommyTune

          Law enforcement against prostitution seems rather arbitrary to me, which is a big part of the problem.

          • wmforr

            Traditionally it’s been enforced only against those offenders who don’t “contribute” to the “policeman’s benevolent society.” So to speak.

          • clay

            and prostitutes have been at high risk of rape by police and jail guards. Getting rid of police power over them would actually week out police corruption.

          • Yes, and that has always been a problem with these morality laws. Selective prosecution. It’s also a big problem with drug laws. Where was the mandatory sentencing for Cindy McCain or Jeb Bush’s daughter?

          • TampaDink

            Jeb’s daughter= A PRIVATE family matter. No further discussion tolerated.
            Terri Schiavo= An extremely important matter of epic proportions, there should be intervention from the governor, the president, the supreme court & the mother fucking pope!

          • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

            And several Senators who didn’t even represent the state she had lived in, don’t forget.

          • TampaDink

            Former (FL) 1st daughter Noelle has turned her life around (sarcasm)…she earned an AA degree with a concentration in (I kid you not) Leisure & Recreation…..and currently works in Orlando as an “office administrator” for Empower Software, one of the many companies that Jebya sat on the board of directors….until around the time he announced his run for the White House. Of his 3 kids, she’s the only one who remains unmarried & childless and George P. is the only one of his 3 who completed college.

          • D. J.

            Jeb’s sons had a few problems of their own, but Noelle certainly had the worst ones. She wrote her own prescriptions.

          • TampaDink

            Yep…..and Jeb Jr. got busted for having sex with a girlfriend, in a parked car at the Tallahassee Mall. Only George P. completed a higher education & only Noelle has not married or had kids.

          • D. J.

            George P. Went to his now ex girlfriend’s parents house and vandalized their lawn with his truck. He really destroyed their yard and didn’t even get his wrist slapped. Jebya was still Governor at the time. (Of course….)

          • TampaDink

            Someone pulled strings to keep at least one of the 3 “little brown ones” from having a police record. “P.” has been their next generation great brown hope, ever since he (at age 12) spoke at the RNC in 1988 & again in 1992.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        Nah. The Republicans would still manage to find a way to fuck it up, all the while touting their fiscal conservancy.

      • Dead Giveaway

        You want to tax what people do in their own bedrooms? Go fuck yourself. Once again, the government has no place in the bedrooms of the nation.

        • JustSayin

          If sex becomes a legal commodity it should damn well be taxes when you are paying for it. That is a commercial transaction .

          You’re the one who needs to go fuck yourself

          • Dead Giveaway

            So if I wash your windows and you give me $150, you want that manual labour to be taxed? Heh. Right. Again, go fuck yourself.

          • Octavio

            As an independent contractor, I want a receipt for payment of services and you are on your own to pay your own taxes.

          • Dead Giveaway

            A receipt for sex. That’ll be the day. Will business men be able to write it off?

          • Octavio

            “Clients” use credit cards to pay for “services” every minute of everyday. You need to get out more — with your credit card. 🙂

          • stuckinthewoods

            I had one boss that tried to, in a way. He’d picked up a male hooker but thought he himself was too attractive to pay for sex. The hooker thought otherwise and stole the company car. He claimed the lost car as “employee theft” and when the agent came and spoke to me I fell out laughing. So no pay out for him.

          • RoFaWh

            Why not?

            Something else to keep in mind: if whoring and hustling were legal occupations, many practitioners would be happy to declare themselves as self-employed and pay taxes, since way down the road it would lead to nice things like Social Security in old age. [I think.]

          • John T

            If you’re washing my windows, I’d expect you to pay taxes on your income just like any other laborer pays taxes on his or her income. Even if you’re washing my bedroom windows. What makes a bedroom so sacred that it should be exempt from laws and tax policy? If I paid a massage therapist to make a house call and come touch my naked butt in my bedroom, they should pay income tax on it. Why should a prostitute get special treatment for engaging in a similar commercial transaction?

          • Chris Baker

            The $150 is called “income” and in the US we have something called “income tax.” If your manual labor of washing windows is done as an employee of a company, your employer must withhold some of that money as income tax. If you do it as an independent contractor, you are supposed to report it as income, but of course, there’s no one going to be able to check on that if it’s a cash transaction. (That’s why I pay my restaurant tips in cash, not as part of the credit card transaction of the meal bill, because the servers don’t ‘have’ to report that (although they are supposed to).

        • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

          So, are you one of the Duggars? Because they like to fuck tax free too.

    • Goodboy

      Completely insane that it isn’t.

    • GayOldLady

      I agree. The truth is in order to make a living, unless we were born rich, we all sell ourselves in one way or another. Legalize it so consenting adults can do whatever they like. At least that might free up resources to go after the sex slave traders and those who abuse and exploit women and children.

      • Paladin SF

        Yup. Even a doctor or lawyer is in effect SELLING their time and mental capacity in exchange for money.

      • clay

        It were legal, above-board, and regulated, the drug-slaves and the children wouldn’t be under the threat of the law, wouldn’t be as under the thumb of their pimps, and would be much more visible to health and legal officials. Let’s change the law so the pimps and johns feel the pressure and the children and drug-slaves are freed.

        • Steve Teeter

          That’s why I used Rentboy. No middle-men, no pimps. I contacted my guy directly, we hooked up, and I had a great time. It should be legalized.

          • karenmlewisa

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        • laura r

          so lets say prostitution is legal & govt regulated. can the govt force a male prostitute to service a woman? my answer is yes. its a service, you cant discriminate. becareful what you wish for. it will turn out to be just like the bakers & the cake! bring it on.

    • b

      Regulated, watched for safety and health, but totally legal. It works in Nevada, and it can work here. In the shadows, bad things happen. In the light, sex work, workers and patrons, can be a source of physical and mental health, prosperity and joy. It is also patriotic, as Americans always lead the way for new, healthy ways to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

      • StraightGrandmother

        I wouldn’t look down on a widower having sex with a prostitute.
        Or even a man whose wife refuses for an extended extended time to have marital sex, and vice versa.
        I would look down on a married person, or someone in a long term relationship engaging a prostitute though, because I believe in mahogany. I understand not all people do, heck look at the straight swingers clubs, but I do.

        • wmforr

          I chuckle. Tell me, StraightGran, was “mahogany” a typo or intentional?

          Because I’ve told my husband that I believe in mahogany for years. (Not to mention Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny)

          • bobbyjoe

            Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you? Where are you going to? Do you know?

          • BlueberriesForMe

            LOL

          • Denn wie man sich bettet, so liegt man…sung by Lotte Lenya bitte

            https://youtu.be/GxTu9CA7zW4

          • wmforr

            Wir brauchen keinen Hurrikan!
            Wir brauchen keinen Taifun!
            Denn was der an Schrecken tuen kann,
            daß können wir selber tun.

        • justmeeeee

          I also believe in mahogany, though I am more of a teak fan generally.

        • Octavio

          You’re cute. 🙂

          • GayOldLady

            She’s precious!!!

          • Octavio

            She’s the top! She’s the Mona Lisa!

          • BlueberriesForMe

            “But if baby, I’m the bottom, you’re the top!”

            Well, sometimes, anyway.

        • SockMikey

          I believe in mahogany, oak & oh, cedar – it just makes my life easier!

        • SockMikey

          The Duggars believe in monotony…

        • RoFaWh

          Don’t forget the couples where one partner has some peculiar paraphilia the other wants nothing to do with and the only way he/she can indulge his/her taste for, say, Babelfish sex is to resort to a professional sex worker.

          Unlike you, dear SGm, I’m not a believer in monogamy (in the sexual sense). Monogamy is just a shibboleth used by the prudish to belabor the open minded.

          PS: Let us not overlook women with the same general kind of desires.

      • David Kerlick

        The best to be said is America is following. There have been legalized houses in some Western European countries for years.

        • RoFaWh

          Hamburg is famous for its red light district established by the city fathers so sailors can satisfy their sexual urges legally. (Hamburg is a very large, very busy port.)

          • wmforr

            Antwerp also. They display their wares in windows, with drawable curtains and the window shoppers negotiate prices by hand signals.

      • Steve Teeter

        “Always lead the way”?? I hope you were being sarcastic. Remember that Churchill quote: You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing once they’ve tried everything else.

    • StraightGrandmother

      I agree.

    • wmforr

      Oh, it’s quite legal. At least if you charge a high enough price, and the client, say, Donald Trump for example, offers a marriage license (rescindable at will by client with the payment of a predetermined severance award).

    • Doug105

      Yes, it should, Why shouldn’t the gop cat house let the republican candidates be open with their desires to be THE KOCH WHORE of 2016?

    • leo77

      I suspect that this is more about the money laundering and tax evasion than about the prostitution. I also suspect that somewhere along the line the owners pissed off some people who contacted law enforcement and volunteered some “insights” into the accounting and other business practices in place at RentBoy.com.

      • leo77

        So now they have the criminal complaint posted over at Towleroad and it does focus on prostitution. I can’t believe so many law enforcement resources were directed toward bringing some male hookers down. There’s must something more to this. They antagonized somebody.

        • Rand503

          Some one was a dissatisfied customer.

      • RoFaWh

        The moral, as always, is “if you are fiddling your taxes, don’t tell anyone.

    • It really would benefit everyone’s health if sex workers were regularly tested for communicable diseases. It will never be legalized in the entire USA – unless there is a constitutional amendment for it, which is not going to happen anytime soon. There is no way that bible belt states want their prostitution legalized — unless the prostitutes are crooked pastors who are second biggest group of whores around after their politicians of course.

    • Justin

      And taxed! 🙂

    • Dead Giveaway

      In Canada, the ban against Prostitution was found unconstitutional about a year ago. There is no difference between two consenting adults having sex for free or if money is exchanged. The government has no place in the bedrooms of the nation.

      • JustSayin

        We are not in Canada douchebag.

        • Octavio

          Are you in your own private Idaho? Many are. 🙂

        • Dead Giveaway

          It doesn’t matter where you are or what the law claims. Sex between consenting adults is not a crime. No unjust law can change that fact.

          Trading something of value for a favour is not a crime; it harms no one.

          These acts, sex and trade, long predate governments and laws and I would go so far as to call them basic human rights granted to us by evolution and common sense.

        • If we did, we’d have hate-speech protections in a fast INSTANT.

    • JustDucky

      This. The arguments against legalization are such transparent bullshit.

      “We want to protect prostitutes from abuse by clients and pimps!”
      Assault, battery, and rape are already illegal. Putting the victim in prison too does not discourage assault, battery, or rape.

      “We want to stop human trafficking!”
      Kidnapping and false imprisonment are already illegal. Putting the victim in prison too does not discourage kidnapping or false imprisonment.

      “We want to protect the children!”
      Statutory rape is already illegal. Putting the child in prison too does not discourage statutory rape.

      The only reason for criminalization that stands up to scrutiny is “we want to punish women and gay men for having sex.” And ohey, what do you know. That just so happens to line up perfectly with their punitive platform on women’s health issues and LGBT rights! Why, if I didn’t know better, I’d think they were nothing but a pack of hypocritical liars…

      • shrpblnd

        Years ago, before the internet, there was a valid argument by the business owners that would complain about the nuisance factors the streetwalkers would bring with their trade. However, since much of this has moved online, I can’t think of a single reason why prostitution should still be illegal.

        Several years ago, I met a former male prostitute and we started chatting, so I asked him several questions which he was very honest about.

        I asked if he found it demeaning to sell his body. He responded that he had had several jobs previously, as a waiter, as a customer service rep, and a few other jobs and each of these was far more demeaning to him than hustling. He said in fact that when he was working as a waiter some people were far more rude and condescending to him, but he had to smile and take it as he couldn’t risk offending the customer and having them complain to his manager.

        As a hooker, he could just tell a rude customer to get bent, and felt he had a lot more control and freedom.

        It was actually a very enlightening conversation, because I thought of some previous jobs I had, a couple of which I had horrible mangers, and how demeaning that was to me.

        • wmforr

          I have a relative who was a male sex worker for decades. My only regret, in his case, was that he had the brains to go into a much better career, and he never actually took advantage of several opportunities to earn much more in his chosen profession–and never saved for retirement.

    • Edmund Allin

      I agree, but in the United States? Come on.

      In other news, the picture below shows the legality of prostitution around the world. Red = illegal. Blue = legal but not organised. Green = Legal and organised.

    • ExGayTherapyKills

      What and put the fed out of business?

  • TommyTune

    Going after the world’s oldest profession always leaves me feeling slightly peaved. For centuries, powerless women have been using their sexual charms on their all-powerful husbands in exchange for material gain, but because of the “sanctity” of their lawful marriage no one ever goes after them for prostituting themselves. I’ve long thought that sex for money is a little more honest than what often passes for marriage. Like they say, “there’s no such thing as romance without finance.” (I borrowed that line from the movie “Flawless,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as a drag queen.)

    • Michael Rush

      NEW YORK CITY: Feds Raid Melania Trump On Prostitution & Money Laundering Charges

    • HanyBaal

      Ask any of Trumps exes or current spouse. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

      • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

        Ivana was robbed, I tells ya! Robbed! She should got 3 times that much for what she had to do.

        • TampaDink

          She did squeeze out his first 3 anchor babies.

    • CanuckDon

      No romance without finance….

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szM7x0N9Ru4

    • clay

      and what’s the point of going after the people withOUT the money? It’s more about keeping the wives/prostitutes/rent boys in line than it is about shutting down the business.

  • I was wondering when this was going to happen. It’s the world’s worst kept secret.

  • Tony Adams

    What does this mean? It just means they got too big to go unnoticed.

    • TommyTune

      Not unlike the old days when the mob owned gay bars and bath houses in major cities that got too successful, requiring payoffs in exchange for “protection.”

      • Tony Adams

        Exactly. These guys get careless and greedy. They begin to ignore their tax obligations and eventually they have a few irate customers (or rent boys) who drop a dime on them. I’m guessing that is what happened here.

        • Octavio

          That sounds reasonable.

  • uh…well….hmmmmm…. If anybody needs me, but I couldn’t imagine why anyone would be asking for me…..well….I’ll be…..at Subway….no at the gym! I’m hitting the gym! TTFN

    • clay

      Praise the Lord!

  • Cousin Bleh

    Why in the world would Rentboy.com be based in Manhattan rather than Nevada?

    • Nevada has legal brothals but not all prostitution.

      • Octavio

        Brothels are legal in most counties in Nevada. But street prostitution is not legal anywhere in the state. It’s a local voter authorization thing. Washoe (Reno) and Clark (Las Vegas) Counties do not have legal brothels. For some reason it’s better for these particular counties to have organized crime run prostitution rings just off of the strip. They offer sex much like Dominoes offers pizzas. You call the special number (after being vetted) and they send live sex toys to your hotel/home/apartment/Winnebago. It’s too bad. Because legal brothels could be such wonderful palaces of pleasure and pain in Las Vegas.

    • D. Gray

      Feds would still be looking in at money laundering.

    • clay

      Oh, they’re just a hook-up service, they don’t actually pimp people.
      /s

      It’s where they started– they started “serving” the NYC/DC corridor and then expanded online.

  • Kruhn

    Aw man! That website provided some free eye candy in the mornings! What shall I ever do now! A sad day. A sad, sad, day.

    • Cousin Bleh

      Tumblr?

      • Kruhn

        Nah. These showed more in my humble opinion! LOL

        • clay

          BananaGuide?

  • oikos
    • jomicur

      Beat me to it. Damn!

    • Jeffrey

      Lift his own luggage, I guess 🙁

      • clay

        use the built-in wheels? pay cash in an airport? simply be friendlier?

        • Joe knows who I am.

          Come out of the closet?

    • Robincho

      Let the re-Rekering begin…

  • BobSF_94117

    I gotta say that in a world in which tens of millions of women and girls are sex-trafficked and held in out and out slavery, even in this country, it seems odd to go after the male side of the business.

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    • clay

      In this day and age, when a big chunk of the GOP is fighting to turn the clock back 50 years, you really think there’s any political will to reform, rather than reinforce, sex laws?

      • BobSF_94117

        With Dems in charge of federal and NYS and NYC justice departments, blaming this on the GOP seems off point. Also, I wasn’t suggesting relaxing the laws (though I would), I was wondering why they went for the far less harmful section. I guess it was pretty easy pickings. Maybe that’s why.

        • clay

          going after the sex-slavers DOES require a CHANGE of law, which is why I brought up reform. As long as prostitutes, regardless of age or circumstance, are legally criminals, there will be no specific targeting of sex-slavers.

          • BobSF_94117

            Oh, sorry, misunderstood what you meant about reform.

  • TampaDink

    This will be a game changer for GOP politicians living on the down low.

    • oikos

      They’ll always have Craigslist.

      • TampaDink

        Yup.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Or Adam4Adam. Not that I *cough cough* use it, of course.

    • GayOldLady

      Do you think the names of the clients will be made public? If that happens we’re going to have some GREAT FUN.

      • TampaDink

        I’m not sure whether that will happen….and although I know that there might be many (mostly) innocent folks who would be hurt by publicizing their client lists, it would be worthwhile if it blows the closet doors off of more rabid homophobes whose entire lives & income depend on their gay bashing.

        • GayOldLady

          I know a lot of people are probably very nervous.

          • Octavio

            Which is dumb. Only people who feel they have done something wrong or are otherwise somehow ashamed need to be afraid. 🙂

      • RoFaWh

        The cops will undoubtedly dump everything on the computers onto
        their own machines for analysis and then, thanks to their poor security practices, it will quickly emerge into the light of day. Stay tuned.

  • jomicur

    Poor George Rekers will have to find another way to find guys to lift his luggage.

    • Stev84

      First thing I thought of

  • MDB

    Perhaps long-term leasing would have been a better business model 😉

    • Hue-Man

      Or christer grifting.

    • Cuberly

      The Total Recall option.

  • Macbill

    Thank Zeus they are protecting me from a victim-less crime against their religious views. I feel more god-like already

  • Michael Abbett

    Now where will the conservative closet cases go when they need their luggage carried?

  • Jakers

    I am guessing it’s a pretty big money laundering case with the prostitution as an easy way into the records.

    • Goodboy

      That’s my thought. Just like a broken tail light is a reason cops can pull you over and search for something much bigger.

  • Blake Mason

    What does this mean for the employees?

    • pickypecker

      No more tips?

      • SLK in SF

        I SO want to make a joke about getting the shaft.

      • clay

        JUST the tips.

    • D. Gray

      you mean “independent contractors”

    • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

      I think most of them have day jobs too, don’t they?

      If they’re really hard up and don’t mind getting really dirty or lowering their standards, I hear there’s 17 different operations hiring GOP campaign staff in Iowa and New Hampshire. But don’t work for Perry – he pays in IOUs.

  • MDB

    So THAT’S what caused the Stock Market kerffufle.

  • MBear

    where are the anti-gay christians going to go for their ‘cock on the side’?!?
    oh the humanity!

  • Ish

    No sympathy for pimps.

    • Paladin SF

      Yeah, I guess those on the site were FORCED to participate.

    • Polterguest
      • Ish

        Man you have got to be the stupidest troll who has ever stalked me.

        • Polterguest

          Oh, piggy.

    • Porkie

      The irony being that this web site is the sort of set up that allows guys to work WITHOUT pimps.

      • TJay229

        First off HEY SEXY.

        Second, This is true. But they (RentBoy) has done something to cause them to come under scrutiny. Not paying taxes, disgruntled employee or just as some idiots do, run your mouth around the wrong people.

        If they took the time to do a raid today, they have all their “i’s” dotted, “t’s” crossed and the punctuation is correct on each sheet. They are ready for court. Sad thing is, these guys are in for a wild ride.

    • Stop animal cruelty

      No sympathy for santero “priests” who torture live animals as some sort of sick religious thing. Why do you do this? Does it turn you on tying down and slowly, painfully killing a helpless creature? YOU ARE SCUM!!!!!

  • Dramphooey

    They were asking for it. Why would they keep a bunch of boxes labelled “evidence” in their office?

    • danolgb

      It’s that box that says “Nothing to see here” I’m most interested in.

    • danolgb

      Also, could you please stop bringing my bribes in burlap bags with dollar signs on them?

      • Dramphooey

        I nearly fell out of my chair laughing at that!

    • Hue-Man

      Wile E. Coyote

  • Cousin Bleh

    I just hope Colby Keller is ok.

    • clay

      Thank Dog, Austin Wolf has his boyfriend, or else I might have to clean up the guest room, and visitors are such a bother.

  • Gigi

    But…but…but…where will George Rekers & Co. find buff young boys to life their luggage?

    Seriously though, why is what consenting adults do with their bodies the business of law enforcement? Legalize it, tax the earnings of the “boys” and call it a day.

    • RoFaWh

      It’s another example of the right wing refusing to accept that human nature never changes.

  • BrandySpears

    What they publish is protected free speech. Spectator magazine out of Berkeley secured that right before SCOTUS years ago.

    Now, money laundering is a different story.

  • PLAINTOM

    I am glad the country is so safe Homeland Security has time to waste enforcing antiquated laws policing peoples sex lives.

    • Joseph Miceli

      While I believe prostitution should be legal and the problems of female sex trafficking are MUCH more urgent, the focus of this seems to be the money laundering. We shall see.

    • gaymex

      Yeah, that was pretty fucking infuriating. Homeland security should have its own accounts and accounts of its contractors investigated.

      • clay

        Maybe that’s where they got the idea to do this?

    • DutchBoy74

      They really are blurring the lines with what the FBI should be doing.
      Homeland Security should be disbanded IMO. They serve no purpose other than to terrorize.

      This country used to have the FBI for domestic crimes and the CIA for international crimes. Now it’s just a big fuddled mess of trying to justify their existence. Maybe I’m just getting old.

  • Blake Mason

    Tom Cruise’s asshole puckered just a little out of panic.

    • GanymedeRenard

      This!^

  • Joseph Miceli

    So Rentboy records were seized. It should be interesting to see how many Congressional Republicans are wandering around looking over their shoulders today.

  • Blake Mason

    Escorts were the first Uber and AirBnB of civilization.

    • Rillion

      Sex related businesses are the first to profitably monetize most new technologies.

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Poor George Rekers. Now what?

    • noni

      Whatever lifts your luggage.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I will never understand why prostitution is illegal.

    • clay

      Same reason letting women own property was illegal. Same reason cross-dressing was illegal. Same reason serving alcohol to both whites and blacks in the same space was illegal.

      Notice that it wasn’t illegal to HIRE a prostitute (or it wasn’t enforced). Notice that the wealthy gay men in Colonial New England were scolded, but their poorer sex partners were flogged, imprisoned, and threatened with hanging if they didn’t join the navy (I know, the NAVY?). Same reason the white men weren’t arrested in bawdy house raids.

      • Because those in charge are stupid?

  • Kristofer Weston

    I have never understood why hiring an escort for yourself was illegal, but hiring two escorts to have sex with each other and film it for a porn is legal?

    • JD

      Or if you’re Jake Cruise, you hire them to have sex with you, AND you film it. Totally legit!

    • LonelyLiberal

      You’re paying them for the “acting,” not the sex. The sex is just incidental, or something.

    • clay

      In most states, it’s not, which is why so much porn is shot in California and Nevada.

      • RoFaWh

        There was a case in Marseilles or Nice where a porn studio complained to the cops that a nearby church’s bells were interfering with their work.

  • Sly1

    Equality sucks some times.

  • Jeff

    I suppose this means my check will be late.

  • GanymedeRenard

    How long till our enemies start screaming, “See, the Gay Mafia is real! We told you so, we told you so!”? Any bids?

  • David

    America needs to grow up, accept the fact the people like having sex, and finally legalise prostitution.

  • TampaDink

    This news brings up the often revisited discussions on buying vs. renting. Humans depreciate at an alarming rate.

  • tcinsf

    Really? This is the biggest problem in New York?

    • clay

      No, this is the biggest problem in all of Megalopolis.

  • David Kerlick

    Vices should not be crimes. — Abraham Lincoln.

  • Joe knows who I am.

    Damnit! Now I’ll have to get my sex the old fashioned way, through personal effort.

  • Lightning Baltimore

    Poor George! :'(

  • Octavio

    Yes, now it is illegal to move money across state lines. When leaving Nevada, the California State Inspection Station regularly stops drivers and shakes them down for all of the cash they have in their wallets and hidden in the recesses of their automobiles. The tyrants have finally taken over. There is no escape!

  • One of the odder little footnotes on my résumé is having done, way back in the mid-’90s, some of the original data work for Rentboy. Nothing too exciting, although coming up with the first dropdowns of the various specialities on offer was more interesting than my usual work.

    • clay

      Well, that story didn’t end how I’d hoped.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Please, Gawd, may Rocco Steele not be amongst the arrested! Please, please, I beg you, I implore you, I beseech you!

  • JustSayin

    The only surprises here are that it took so long to bust the pimps and what republicans will do now to find boys to lift their luggage.

  • TheManicMechanic

    But, but… luggage lifting is legal!

  • LAguy323

    In many areas, law enforcement was quite happy when prostitution went online, and left it alone. Streets were clear of business and the neighborhoods and citizens were happy.

  • Happy Dance

    I don’t see anything wrong with a person selling a service that some are willing to buy. I do have issues with forced sex rings. But, conscious consent is a different ball game. Make it legal so these people pay taxes and get benefits.

  • abqdan

    Meanwhile, no-one on Wall Street is being investigated for nearly bankrupting our country and causing a major recession. That’s just fine. But some guy paying for a blow job? Heinous crime!

    • William

      How many Wall Street banksters went to prison for that mess they caused in 2008? Zero.

      • People4Humanity

        Well, Madoff … but he forgot the art of the deal, and screwed the 1%, instead of the 99%. Oops.

  • Chris

    I may be wrong, but I think there’s more to this. The involvement of Homeland Security, and the mention of money laundering makes me think there was something else happening to set off the investigation. If it was just about escort ads, there are bigger fish to fry.
    However, I didn’t know that Rentboy was charging a fee for access to the ads, which (if true) indeed would make them a pimp. I always thought it was free for users, therefore since they weren’t making any money from any sex act, it kept rentboy in the clear. If they started charging to contact the advertisers, then there would be issues.
    That being said, there;s a reason it is called the world’s oldest profession. The fact that it is illegal keeps it connected to other crimes, facilitates sex trafficking, and puts the workers themselves in harm’s way. The resources wasted over whether someone got cash, or just dinner and a show before they put out is absurd. What two consenting adults do in private is none of the government’s business, whether there was cash exchanged or not.

    • Mike C

      Probably not. DHS is brought into even low-level crimes these days. It’s a big bureaucracy with a giant budget that has to appear to be doing something useful because it’s sure as hell not protecting the homeland.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        And DHS made sure Channel 7 was on the scene, so the public can see them doing “something useful”.

  • Nathan Broussard

    I’m shocked I tell you, who wold have guessed that something called Rent Boy would be about prostitution

    • People4Humanity

      … nearly 20 years in, at this point.

  • Ninja0980

    I’m sorry but I don’t see anything wrong with consenting adults having sex with each other.
    Time to update the laws.

  • Gordon.

    NOW who will I get to carry my luggage ?

  • Blake Mason

    So the charge is “promotion of illegal prostitution”? Do the Feds have a case?

  • SFBruce

    It’s bad enough that they wasted time on this raid. Presumably, criminal charges will follow, then trials, and jail time for some. What a waste of taxpayer funds for activities between consenting adults, and punitive action against those responding to the oldest free market in the world.

  • DutchBoy74

    Vice crimes and money across state lines are pretty weak sauce.
    So…tax evasion on a blackmail gone bad?
    It would be such a shame if their client list got “leaked”.

  • Legalize prostitution now!!! If prostitution is legal, it makes it much safer for both the sex workers and their clients. Anytime we can wrest a business from the hands of criminals is a great days work.

  • D. J.

    Now if they would raid Heritage Foundation, Witherspoon Institute, World Congress of Families, Trinity Broadcasting, DayStar Broadcasting, AFA, FRC, NOM and all their affiliated state organizations.
    I wonder what their finances would show?
    Gawd, Inc. and Jeebus, LLC need to pay their fair share instead of freeloading their way into controlling public policy.

  • The Professor

    George Rekers can testify!!

    • D. J.

      He does love to testify in court!
      Holy shit…. he sure does bill huge sums for his “expert” testimony.
      Ask Florida…
      He is far less fond of answering questions asked him by the news media….He can move pretty quickly when that happens…

  • TJay229

    LMBAO…

    OOO I can’t wait to get to work tomorrow… That 1st appearance in court.. LoL

  • Ginger Snap

    If sex for money is illegal the all churches should get busted for fucking their followers and taking their cash. I am so over this country’s obsession with preventing people from enjoying the best thing evolution gave us. Now let’s all go fuck!!!!

    • Steve Teeter

      I’m with you. Or would be if I hadn’t already wanked it today.

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    Would this have happened if RB had set up shop in Canada?

  • patrick

    Once again, law enforcement agencies, and prosecutors, demonstrate that they obviously have far too many employees and resources at their disposal. With all of the serious crime and potential terrorism in NYC, it’s revolting to think that they’d spend a moment, or a dollar’s worth, of time on investigations and arrests of a long-standing website-service such as this. Time for some government-employees to get fired or payed off

    • TJay229

      Why, cause those government employees are did their job, investigation and follow through on a crime? Obviously these people broke the law, and it has to be sorted out in court. Why are you mad… Were you a client or were those friends of yours?

      • patrick

        Nope, never. Simply reflecting the opinion, shared by many of the commenters, that “crimes” such as this should rarely rise to this level of attention and effort. Especially within a City which has considerable crime-problems, police-corruption, and potential terrorist threats. When cops get paid to get busy with silliness like this, it’s obvious that the focus of their efforts is misdirected.

        I truly appreciate your reply to my comment, TJay229. Yet your conclusion that there was “a crime” and that these people “obviously broke the law” seems a bit premature and judgemental? So, have you some issue with what men choose to do, consensually, between themselves? Are cops the type of people that have the best interests of our community in their hearts? Since when?

        http://www.advocate.com/crime/2015/08/25/watch-antigay-philadelphia-cop-shakes-down-driver

        • TJay229

          “crimes” such as this should rarely rise to this level of attention and effort. Especially within a City which has considerable crime-problems… ” That is hysterical..or maybe I’m just old enough to remember these BIG cases:

          Sidney Biddle Barows (The Mayflower Madam) New York

          Or

          Anna Gristina (The Soccer Mom Madam) UES, New York

          **and mind you I didn’t list Hedi Fleiss cause she wasn’t in NY but the Feds did get her for Tax evasion sooo**

          Both were before the era of the Internet so they couldn’t elevate their operations to that level, but even without it, they garnered lots of money and attention for their “profession”, which is fine. Just please, spare me the “woe is us gheys…”, “it just happens to us… They’re picking on us ” cause that isn’t working. As I said earlier, they were being watched, either due to the actions by themselves or someone else, now they have to contend with the consequences of their actions. They don’t have to answer to me, for anything… They’re goal now is to satisfy the charges/questions /statements brought before the Judge / Grand Jury.

          LoL

      • patrick

        And it didn’t take long for our entire Community to call out these questionable law-enforcement action…

        http://www.joemygod.com/2015/08/25/lgbt-groups-decriminalize-sex-work/

        • TJay229

          Yawn….

  • TJay229

    If those queens are smart… They will plead out.

    That Federal indictment is scary just to look at:

    THE….. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. “you”

    Bitch, you’ve lost already.

    He was making money, probably owns property so he won’t qualify for a free atty. Federal Atty’s are not cheap. The scrutiny, the invasion…. Just plead out and get it over with.. Don’t make them mad by cranking up a Grand Jury to tell all your business to. Then after all is said and done, you’ll plead out ANYWAY and not get the 2 levels upward for acceptance.

    Please someone tell them to plead it out. The run was good.. But as Luther Vandross sang “It’s over now….”

    • Edmund Allin

      Or he could contact Larry Flint for advice.

      • TJay229

        When the Feds raided his business it was under different circumstances. The city wanted the property, made them close one store and they paid a fine.

        He wasn’t being a Pimp on the Internet and avoiding taxes..presumably.

        • Edmund Allin

          I was a little too brief; what I meant to say is that Larry Flint has had a lot of litigation in his past (not just one issue) and he seems to have generally done well. Though of course the particulars are different…

  • Blobby

    on a related topic – the Rentboy CEO is pretty hot.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    So if the men (i.e. the sex workers) who advertised on the Rentboy.com website had been hired by a client to perform sexual acts on camera (i.e. appear in a pornographic film) then it would have been legal for them to engage in sex in exchange for money (i.e. a fee for their sexual services). But since no one appeared in a film, they merely met their clients and enjoyed an array of activities (most of which included sex but, from what I understand, did not always involve sex), this somehow amounts to a crime.

    That’s pretty fucked-up logic right there.

  • franklinb23

    Now, if these hookups were filmed and sold to the general public (and both parties were paid instead of just one), it would be called “porn” and very much legal.

    Someone needs to explain the logic of this to me.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      A business model for RB v.2.0?

  • Jeff Mitchell

    What’s more curious is that the site has been live since 1997…why now? Did someone miss a payoff?

  • Schlukitz

    Meanwhile, this disgusting Christian hustle and shake-down of innocent victims continues unabated and far in excess of the $10 million grossed by Rentboy.com during the period 2010 and 2015, not to mention all of the taxes the Federal Government has been screwed out of since the Church’s inception.

    http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Wolves/greedy.htm

    Where is the moral outrage of the Feds and Homeland Security about this?

    • People4Humanity

      … and why have the reTrumplicants reduced IRS funding levels
      — resulting in fewer audits?

  • rusty57

    Well crap.
    I’ve almost saved up enough money to take Rick Wolfmier out for dinner on my next birthday.

    • Edmund Allin

      Oh, good taste, but ahem, hmm.

      Scroll down the linked page for comments on him. 🙂

      https://www.datalounge.com/thread/11891401-worst-rent-boys

      Of course, if all you wanted was to grab a bite to eat… :p

      • rusty57

        I’ve dealt with les papillons d’amour before.
        There is always a price to pay for one’s dreams.

  • TexPlant

    Ruh Roh Shaggy

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    I know the feds are anti-religion but now ant-gay? Why are they not busting all the child slave pimps who make children sell their bodies.

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    The feds are there to hide something.

    • People4Humanity

      Look — what we found over here!

  • nipper

    I wonder who had enough pull to make this happen. Who is trying to hide?

  • david boil

    What the hell is Homeland Security doing in this matter. I thought they were to be protecting us against foreign attack. Instead they are going after the successor to New York Magazine and the Village voice who used to dominate this advertising market in print. A bright guy comes along and realizes the business was better done on the Net and they bust him and six of his employees and deprive a lot of voluntary sex workers of the money they need to pay their rent.

    Homeland security can’t get it together to create an encryption model to prevent the Chinese from getting the complete life history of 21 million government workers so they pick on a small business and make a 15 minute splash doing nothing at all

  • Guest

    On a different site, I saw two speculations as to why this happened now:
    1) Rentboy.com was the next on the list of hack sites to get their listings exposed. So given the extent of the client list from Ashley Madison, of course, a gay website is way worse to be found on… Given that others have said there isn’t really a client list, just a vendor list, this might just be a misfire that kills.
    2) They wanted to get at Rentboy.com’s monetary assets. This guess also included a list of all of the organizations that were doing search and seizure, because like pirates with a conscience, they divvy up the loot.

  • DonnaLee

    I’ve always said sex is the only thing that is illegal only if you don’t give it away.
    Nothing else on earth had this problem.

  • JCF

    No “Luggage-Lifting” for YOU!

  • NiagaraFalls716

    Normally I’m very liberal about most things. I think pot and prescription pain medications should be legal. Likewise, I see wounded veterans coming home with missing legs and scarred faces who are now being denied their pain medication because their doctors ‘fear they’ll get addicted’ – bullcrap – the doctors are covering their own behinds so they don’t get sued, sending these people who need prescription pain meds out into the streets looking for them. Funny that it’s ‘my body my choice’ when it comes to a woman wanting to terminate a pregnancy but its certainly not ‘my body my choice’ when it comes to pain control. But I digress.
    My issue with services like Rentboy is that they set out to target and prey on gay men. Those who escort for Rentboy or other agencies are usually not gay, have heavy drug problems/gambling debts/child support payments hanging over their heads and are doing this because they’ve hit rock bottom. No young straight man wants to run around naked in baby oil for gay men twice their age. They’re sure willing to take our money though.

  • ExGayTherapyKills

    Feds Suck