Authorities removing boxes of files from RentBoy.com’s headquarters in Manhattan on August 25.
Uh-oh! Someone’s in serious trouble with the law.
The raid, which was conducted by Homeland Security with help from the NYPD, happened at the company’s headquarters on West 14th Street this morning. Not much is known at this point other than Hurant and his crew were taken into custody on suspicion of promoting interstate prostitution and money laundering. The company’s bank accounts containing millions of dollars have been frozen. Boxes of files and computers were also seized during the raid.
RentBoy.com first launched in 1996 and bills itself as “the original and world’s largest male escort site,” with roughly 10,500 members in over 2,100 cities worldwide. According to authorities, the site has been secretly operating as a male prostitution ring, allowing Johns to directly contact men to pay for sex. They are labeling Hurant a “cyber pimp.”
The story is still developing. We’ll keep you posted with updates.