Authorities say they’ve broken up an international male prostitution ring based in Manhattan.
Federal investigators raided the escort service’s headquarters Tuesday morning in a building on 14th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Agents from the Department of Homeland Security along with officers from the NYPD carried boxes of documents and computer servers out of the Rentboy.com operations center. Millions of dollars were seized and the operation’s bank accounts were frozen, authorities said.
Rentboy.com is a multimillion-dollar, worldwide social networking site for the male sex industry, where members pay fees to list and buy services, authorities said. The doorbell for the company has a fake name, “Easy Rent Systems.”
Authorities arrested the company’s CEO, Jeffrey Hurant, 50, and six of his current and former employees located around New York City. The charges against them include money laundering and prostitution, Baker reported.
Several federal agencies were involved in the bust because Rentboy is a worldwide organization.
Rentboy.com said it has a database of nearly 11,000 men in more than 2,100 cities worldwide, D’Auria reported. The company claims to be the first and largest website to focus on male escorts.
Disclaimers on Rentboy.com had said its listings were for companionship and not sexual services.
The 50-year-old Hurant was awaiting a court appearance in Brooklyn. The name of his attorney wasn’t immediately available.