Jeffrey Hurant, the former CEO of escort site Rentboy, was sentenced to prison in Brooklyn federal court yesterday after pleading guilty to promoting prostitution and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
District Judge Margo K. Brodie sentenced him to six months behind bars, plus a $7500 fine. At the sentencing, she characterized Rentboy as “the very thing that is illegal,” although she also recognized that “there is no question it did a lot of good.”
Since the very beginning, many have said the case against Hurant was misguided, arguing that it unfairly targeted LGBTQ people and sex workers, and that it punished a person who made sex work safer. Now that he has been sentenced, their frustrations have only grown stronger.
Scroll down to see how folks have been responding to Hurant’s sentencing…
Rentboy CEO gets 6 jail time. Judge said although company was illegal, “there is no question it did a lot of good.” https://t.co/M5O0wCmAPI
— Duchess Gummybuns (@RyChavis) August 2, 2017
Jeffrey Hurant, former Rentboy CEO, was sentenced today. To me, this says all along the point was to shut down sex workers' ads. https://t.co/mXDkjlkgxb
— Melissa Gira Grant (@melissagira) August 2, 2017
Anyone feel like yelling at each other in agreement through DMs about the incredible injustice of this? Rentboy helped so many and hurt none https://t.co/6rE82RqZPv
— Andrew (@xoandrew) August 2, 2017
— SWARM ? (@SexWorkHive) August 3, 2017
— Mathew Rodriguez (@mathewrodriguez) August 2, 2017
I haven't been involved in sex work for awhile now but I must say, Rentboy provided me a safe way to make money.
— Little Chaos (@ScrappyGaGgot) August 2, 2017
Rentboy's C.E.O. just sentenced – he should have taken the case all the way up to the Supreme Court. https://t.co/FMhVHPA7v2
— Tamara Ching (@ChingTamara) August 2, 2017
Criminalizing sex work and shutting down services like RentBoy make the LGBT community less safe. https://t.co/Tsl9CIvwGt
— Veronica Valenta (@VeronicaValenta) August 3, 2017
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) August 3, 2017
The harsh Rentboy sentence is another reminder of the excessive power of prosecutors, this time to punish LGBT people.
— Mike Chase (@mikechaseRights) August 2, 2017
— Trans Equality (@TransEquality) August 3, 2017
— petdj ~ ??? (@djprosub) August 2, 2017