“I don’t think we do anything to promote prostitution,” Hurant said outside court after posting $350,000 bond. “I think we do good things for good people, and bring good people together.”

Rentboy.com’s slogan — and it has one — is, “Money can’t buy you love but the rest is negotiable.”

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It has long posted, despite the very explicit nature of photos and postings on the site, that it is not a home for sex workers.

YouTube videos, the website itself, and interviews with the company’s top dogs, including one with Out Magazine’s Michael Musto (from when he was at The Village Voice), are cited in the court documents, as posted by Andy Towle’s gay news site, Towelroad and embedded below.

Towle notes on Facebook that Homeland Security agents “spent time investigating rim seats and slings.”

So why was the United States Department of Homeland Security involved? To be specific: the Homeland Security Investigations arm of Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

The agency notes on its website that it has five “core missions.”

They are: 

 

It seems the charges against Rentboy fall under its jurisdiction. The exact alleged violation: "conspiring to violate the Travel Act by promoting prostitution."

Yes. The Travel Act.