Judge Praises 'Good' Done By Owner Of Gay Prostitution Site, Sentences Him to Only 6 MonthsChris Menahan
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The story of Jeffrey Hurant is an absolutely stunning contrast with that of Ross Ulbricht of Silk Road.
Ross Ulbricht said his dark net drug dealing website helped clean up the drug trade, yet he was demonized as a bloodthirsty drug dealing kingpin by the government and the media and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Jeffrey Hurant made the exact same arguments as Ulbricht in defense of his gay prostitution website RentBoy.com, but he was showered with praise for the "good" he did by America's first Afro-Caribbean-born federal judge -- as well as the media -- and was sentenced to only 6 months in prison.
From The New York Times:
For the last few months, before he was sentenced for running what the government has called one of the largest sex work ventures ever prosecuted, Jeffrey Hurant has portrayed his former business, Rentboy.com, not only as a profitable online enterprise, but also as a kind of social service that conferred important benefits on the gay escorts who used it.Whereas the New York Times demonized the hell out of Ulbricht, they go on and on with paragraph after paragraph heaping praise on Hurant. At the end they finally acknowledge he was pimping "boys."
In their court papers, federal prosecutors challenged Mr. Hurant's account, saying that despite his claims of altruism, he still made a fortune working with pimps and escort agencies. The papers quoted some of Mr. Hurant's emails, seized in their investigation. One, from a Rentboy employee, read, "This acct belongs to Attila ... who brings in 10-12 boys/year to pimp out here."Really makes you think.
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