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Man who shot church gunman receives Texas' highest civilian honor Hurant said he created the website so sex workers could proceed in a safer manner. Prosecutors wanted him to serve at least a short term to deter operators of other escort services from similar misconduct, while his lawyers have argued that he deserves no more than probation.
Law enforcement officers take evidence from the Manhattan offices of Rentboy. Reuters In letters to the court, the lawmakers, civil rights organizations and other supporters have cautioned that a tough sentence could send the wrong message to the gay community. The case is troubling "because it harkens back to a dark chapter in our nation's history when the government used its vast resources to target and threaten LGBT adults by exposing their private consensual sexual activity," wrote state Sen.
Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat. Five New York City council members from the LGBT community also signed a letter arguing that "a harsh sentence will serve neither society nor the rehabilitation of Mr. The business hosted parties and an annual awards show for escorts called the Hookies. Prosecutors had alleged that Rentboy was the equivalent of an online brothel, and what the site called escorts were actually prostitutes.
Homeland Security's involvement in the takedown, along with an absence of any allegations that Rentboy was a menace to society beyond simple prostitution -- like engaging in human trafficking or exploiting minors -- stirred anger and fear in the gay community.
Activists questioned why the agency would single out Rentboy when other escort websites, gay or straight, continue to do business. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.