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NYC headquarters of gay escort site Rentboy.com raided, CEO among those arrested

NYC headquarters of gay escort site Rentboy.com raided, CEO among those arrested

The Manhattan headquarters of gay escort site Rentboy.com were raided today by federal authorities and CEO Jeffrey Hunt was arrested along with six others.

The arrests came as part of an investigation into money laundering and prostitution.

‘As alleged, Rentboy.com attempted to present a veneer of legality, when in fact this Internet brothel made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution,’ states Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Kelly Currie.

Boxes were seen being removed from the offices of the site by agents from the Department of Homeland Security agents as well as members of the New York Police Department.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by NBC, the company had more than $10 million in gross proceeds in the past five years. More than $1.4 million has been seized from six bank accounts in connection with the investigation.

Users of the site pay a minimum monthly fee of $59.95 to search for a rentboy or masseur on the site by country and city. Escort’s profile pages generally detail the sexual acts each escort is willing to perform and the price.

The site claims to have  a database of more than 10,500 men in more than 2,100 cities worldwide including Atlanta, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Bogotá, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Paris, Philadelphia, Rio, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore, Madrid, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington DC.

Their Twitter page states that ‘Money can’t buy you love but everything else is negotiable.’