Five years after the government shut the male escort site down, a new partnership is attempting to recreate the safe space its predecessor was for so many.
Rentboy.com offered sex workers a way to vet clients and a community. One year on, escorts who used it speak to the ways the industry has changed—mostly for the worse.
Cut off from legal protections, unable to access financial services, harassed by police—what do sex workers do when their work isn't legal?
Following the government's seizure of Rentboy's assets, the gay male escorting website is liquidating their offices to support their legal defense.
Last week's raid of the gay escort site led to accusations that the authorities were motivated by homophobia or simply wasting resources.
Adam Seymour is an artist, a published author, a Rentboy.com pinup, and an instructor in Taoist genital massage.
I'm an escort in New York so I know firsthand how strange and stressful your life becomes when you're outside the law and aren't able to call 9-1-1.
Feds raided the website's offices on Tuesday, arresting and hauling off seven employees to Federal District Court in Brooklyn to face charges of promoting prostitution.
The site has been shut down by Homeland Security agents and employees are now facing life-altering punishments for allegedly helping sex workers connect to clients.
"I recently returned home from active duty deployment in Afghanistan and have over a year of built-up testosterone waiting to be released."
Rentboy.com CEO Jeffrey Hurant and six others were arrested as part of an alleged money laundering and prostitution scheme.