Things only seem to be getting worse for the folks over RentBoy. On Tuesday, the company’s headquarters were raided by Homeland Security and the NYPD, who arrested CEO Jeffrey Hurant and six others for allegedly running an “internet brothel.”
Tuesday morning’s sting operation came just days after an announcement by several major LGBT rights advocacy organizations–Transgender Law Center, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National Center for Transgender Equality–would be joining Amnesty International in calling for decriminalization of sex work.
With the website officially shut down, it remains to be seen what will to happen to the men who relied on RentBoy as a way of making a living–or paying their way through school.
All this begs the question: Isn’t sex work the classic victimless crime? Should sex work still be considered a crime? Sound off in the comments below…