WATCH: Rentboy CEO Defends Embattled Business
After Tuesday's federal raid of Rentboy.com — in which Department of Homeland Security officials arrested seven employees on prostitution-related charges — CEO Jeffrey Hurant is defending the company, and others are joining in.
"Twenty years we've been doing it. And I don't think we do anything to promote prostitution," Hurant, interviewed as he left federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., yesterday, said in a CNN report (watch below). "I think we do good things for good people and we bring good people together. And I hope that justice will be done in the end." Hurant and his fellow defendants posted bond and were released.
Many are livid about the decision to raid Rentboy, including gay writer Dan Savage, who asked on his blog when it became the DHS's "job to protect gay and bi men from buying and selling blowjobs?"
In the wake of the raid, Lambda Legal Tuesday retweeted a link to a statement from last week in which it and four other LGBT groups called for decriminalizing sex work.
Today, the Transgender Law Center released a statement that included the following:
"With this raid, the U.S. federal government is not only jeopardizing countless people’s lives and only source of livelihood, but sending a clear and troubling message that the country is less invested in addressing systemic issues of racial, economic, and anti-LGBT injustice than in further criminalizing the individuals most marginalized by those systems."