Pop Goes The News — The office of the world’s largest male escort website rentboy.com was raided Tuesday by New York City police and agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The website promoted the services of thousands of male escorts in more than 2,100 cities around the world — including several in Canada.
Rentboy.com listed more than 60 male escorts in Toronto, 52 in Montreal, and 29 in Vancouver.
Escorts paid to advertise on the site and clients paid to access the escorts and rate their services.
Prosecutors claim the company raked in $10 million in the past five years alone.
U.S. Attorney Kelly T. Currie alleged that rentboy.com, which went offline shortly after the raid, “attempted to present a veneer of legality, when in fact this internet brothel made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution.”
Agents removed boxes of documents and computers from the company’s office. The evidence likely includes information on thousands of rentboy.com clients.
CEO Jeffrey Hurant and six current and former employees were arrested and face money laundering and prostitution charges. If convicted, each could get up to five years in prison.
The rentboy.com Twitter account has more than 20,000 followers.