Ex-CEO of Rentboy Faces 20 Years Behind Bars

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You might remember when 51-year old CEO of Rentboy Jeffrey Hurant and six other employees were arrested last year during a sting operation in New York. It was quite an extravagant sting, led by Homeland Security and the NYPD.

According to prosecutors, Hurant ran what they called an “Internet Brothel,” saying the site “made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution.”

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While the charges against the employees were dropped, Hurant remains in deep water. But the former CEO is finishing up a plea agreement, scheduled for August 29.

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If convinced, Hurant can face up to 20 years in prison. Hurant pleaded not guilty last year, and to this day the idea that the government cracked down this hard on him is disgusting.

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There are hundreds, if not thousands, of sex workers that used Rentboy as a means of protecting their assets and long-term goals. It was a safe house made to protect them, but unfortunately, the law didn’t see it that way.

According to court documents, prosecutors had listed multiple fetishes from profile pages to paint Rentboy as more than a site for sex, but rather an immoral, unethical practice. They went as far as citing keywords like “spanking,” “leather,” “waterspouts” — all for shock value, reports Queerty.

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At the end of the day, if Hurant goes to prison we are no longer living in a free society. Punishing people for starting a business that is not harming anyone, but rather empowering and helping them, is a sign that we truly need to start focusing on more important things.

Check out this man learn how to be a sex worker at Rentboy University:

David Artavia is a New York writer and founder of The Real Gay Guy. He loves living vicariously through his friends. Follow him on Twitter and Like his Facebook page

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