Rentboy website boss imprisoned for promoting prostitution

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Rentboy.com CEO Jeffrey Hurant will spend 6 months behind bars and pay a $7,500 fine – having previously agreed to pay up to $10 million in fines as part of an earlier plea deal limiting his possible jail time to a maximum of two years for the propaganda of prostitution. He must also undergo a mental health treatment program as part of the sentence. “The very thing that is illegal – there is no question it did a lot of good,” US District Judge Margo K. Brodie in Brooklyn said, adding that two decades of committing a crime cannot remain without punishment. Hurand plead guilty and had hoped it would help him to reduce sentence to the only, but it didn’t. Rentboy.com was founded in 1986 and was known as the largest online male escort website before its New York offices were raided. The site, which boasted ten thousand users on 2,100 cities across the world, described itself as “the original and world’s largest male escort site”. But the legal authorities have proven that the ‘adult section’ on the site was nothing but a prostitution ring. Attorney general Kamala Harris had said: “Raking in millions of dollars from the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable victims is outrageous, despicable and illegal.”

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