TOTAL WIN FOR RENTBOY.COM

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    May 14, 2010 1:08 PM GMT
    "This week an anti-gay activist and family values crusader named George Rekers was caught by the Miami New Times returning from a vacation with a rentboy, and the story has turned into an international media circus, with coverage on CNN, Colbert Report, BBC, The Daily Show, The Tonight Show and the blogosphere.

    We were completely surprised by this turn of events and we are following it closely. At rentboy.com, it is our policy to protect the privacy of any escort advertising his services on our site--the same goes for clients. Information exchanged between consenting adults meeting on our site remains private. Mr.Rekers has built a highly public, lucrative career out of shaming gay men and women. If it is true that he took a rentboy "on vacation," then he has brought this negative attention on himself. We reserve judgment, we don't know all the facts.

    Just to be clear, Rentboy.com is not an escort agency, we are an ad listing service for male escorts, where men place their own ads and work for themselves, so that clients can contact them directly. Our mission is to create a non-judgmental space where anyone curious about exploring male-male companionship can hire a man by the hour. We remain open-minded and devoted to privacy for the people who use our site, but we can't take the risk out of leading a double life, or having a closeted or hypocritical career... If you're a famous heterosexual homophobe and you appear in public with a rentboy with your pants down, you're just asking for trouble.If you would like to Take a Pornstar or Male Escort on Vacation, Rentboy.com is where you'll find him. Excess baggage can indeed be heavy and there is nothing like a hot man to help you unload it."

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    May 14, 2010 1:21 PM GMT
    I'm pretty sure their business has skyrocketed from this.
    "The only bad advertisement is no advertisement." And they got LOTS of advertisement from this, for free! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 14, 2010 1:26 PM GMT
    I have a friend who works there (not as an escort) and I really helped publicize their services. icon_twisted.gif
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    May 14, 2010 1:33 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI'm pretty sure their business has skyrocketed from this.
    "The only bad advertisement is no advertisement." And they got LOTS of advertisement from this, for free! icon_biggrin.gif


    Yes, but I suspect there will be more than a few lawsuits landing on the laps of rentboy.com's owner(s). There is always a downside to so much media exposure for "service" sites like these.
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    May 14, 2010 1:40 PM GMT
    reppaT said
    paulflexes saidI'm pretty sure their business has skyrocketed from this.
    "The only bad advertisement is no advertisement." And they got LOTS of advertisement from this, for free! icon_biggrin.gif


    Yes, but I suspect there will be more than a few lawsuits landing on the laps of rentboy.com's owner(s). There is always a downside to so much media exposure for "service" sites like these.
    I doubt it. From what I can tell, they've done nothing to warrant a law suit.
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    May 14, 2010 1:41 PM GMT
    This means too that more people will list themselves and supply vs. demand prices for services will go down.
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    May 14, 2010 2:08 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    reppaT said
    paulflexes saidI'm pretty sure their business has skyrocketed from this.
    "The only bad advertisement is no advertisement." And they got LOTS of advertisement from this, for free! icon_biggrin.gif


    Yes, but I suspect there will be more than a few lawsuits landing on the laps of rentboy.com's owner(s). There is always a downside to so much media exposure for "service" sites like these.
    I doubt it. From what I can tell, they've done nothing to warrant a law suit.


    It's not like prostitution is illegal or anything.

    Lawyers can be quite creative but I guess only time will tell.
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    May 14, 2010 2:09 PM GMT
    Ha Ha I love it !!
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    May 14, 2010 2:10 PM GMT
    It is actually illegal here
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    May 14, 2010 2:11 PM GMT
    reppaT said
    paulflexes said
    reppaT said
    paulflexes saidI'm pretty sure their business has skyrocketed from this.
    "The only bad advertisement is no advertisement." And they got LOTS of advertisement from this, for free! icon_biggrin.gif


    Yes, but I suspect there will be more than a few lawsuits landing on the laps of rentboy.com's owner(s). There is always a downside to so much media exposure for "service" sites like these.
    I doubt it. From what I can tell, they've done nothing to warrant a law suit.


    It's not like prostitution is illegal or anything.

    Lawyers can be quite creative but I guess only time will tell.


    They actually operate withing the law. The escorts are paid for their company and not sexual favors. What two consenting adults decide to do in private is up to them....so it's not illegal.
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    May 14, 2010 2:32 PM GMT
    onstagebuffnaked saidThis means too that more people will list themselves and supply vs. demand prices for services will go down.
    The escorts who already have a client base won't have anything to worry about. It's the newbies who'll suffer...unless they're smokin hot and have a damn good personality. icon_wink.gif
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    May 14, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    lissenup said


    They actually operate withing the law. The escorts are paid for their company and not sexual favors. What two consenting adults decide to do in private is up to them....so it's not illegal.


    As I said, let's wait to see what happens. It's entirely possible that nothing will come of it, but it's foolish to make a blanket statement declaring that what rentboy does is within the letter of the law.

    There was a recent case in NYC where several "Asian Masseur" advertisers and Web sites were involved in a prostituion bust. These businesses never offered any happy endings in any of their ads or on their Web pages, but they certainly didn't fare well with the state authorities that investigated them.

    The same has happened on Craigslist. Even though legal eagles ended up busting only the individuals advertising escort-style services, you can bet your ass that Craigslist had some astronomical legal bills, and they had to tighten their messaging and policies while also having to police the hell out of user posts.

    Internet and mass media law is evolving rapidly. The Telecomm. Act of 1996 is far from static.
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    May 14, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
    lissenup said
    reppaT said
    paulflexes said
    reppaT said
    paulflexes saidI'm pretty sure their business has skyrocketed from this.
    "The only bad advertisement is no advertisement." And they got LOTS of advertisement from this, for free! icon_biggrin.gif


    Yes, but I suspect there will be more than a few lawsuits landing on the laps of rentboy.com's owner(s). There is always a downside to so much media exposure for "service" sites like these.
    I doubt it. From what I can tell, they've done nothing to warrant a law suit.


    It's not like prostitution is illegal or anything.

    Lawyers can be quite creative but I guess only time will tell.


    They actually operate withing the law. The escorts are paid for their company and not sexual favors. What two consenting adults decide to do in private is up to them....so it's not illegal.


    Except the government doesn't like when money and services (sexual or otherwise) are being exchanged without being taxed, and just because two people consent to do something that does not make it legal by any means.
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    May 14, 2010 3:08 PM GMT
    So far it sounds like most of the publicity has been largely positive for the site.... but its a narrow road to walk.. I'm sure if there is anything criminal that happens in the future (as in an assault or theft or anything), the site will be under a microscope and comparisons to Craigslist and others with a much more negative slant could certainly occur.
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    May 14, 2010 3:13 PM GMT
    I had a long discussion with my friend about the company and how what they do is technically legal. So far, they have been able to operate and be profitable. As I mentioned before, the escorts are being paid for their company and not for sexual favors. Of course, individuals can be arrested, especially if they don't follow the company's guidelines or if they are caught in a police sting. The company itself is still operating within the law and instructs its employees to do so as well.
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    May 14, 2010 3:14 PM GMT
    This time its a Baptist minister, not a Catholic one. Guess everyone's hopping on the gay train.
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    May 14, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    onstagebuffnaked saidThis means too that more people will list themselves and supply vs. demand prices for services will go down.


    Certain items NEVER go on sale. They are ALWAYS full retail and NEVER go on the discount rack. icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 14, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    reppaT said...It's not like prostitution is illegal or anything...


    It depends upon the jurisdiction.
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    May 14, 2010 3:35 PM GMT
    GAMRican said
    onstagebuffnaked saidThis means too that more people will list themselves and supply vs. demand prices for services will go down.


    Certain items NEVER go on sale. They are ALWAYS full retail and NEVER go on the discount rack. icon_biggrin.gif


    Besides, the proportional number of people who go to rentboy to see the listings will go up. Supply and demand will stabilize, unless of course there are other factors to make one group outweigh the other. But it could just as easily increase demand beyond supply.
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    May 14, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    lissenup saidI had a long discussion with my friend about the company and how what they do is technically legal. So far, they have been able to operate and be profitable. As I mentioned before, the escorts are being paid for their company and not for sexual favors. Of course, individuals can be arrested, especially if they don't follow the company's guidelines or if they are caught in a police sting. The company itself is still operating within the law and instructs its employees to do so as well.


    You need to stop talking with this rentboy.com employee. Biased sources are worthless.

    You said "The company itself is still operating within the law and instructs its employees to do so as well."

    The key point here is that rentboy instructs its employees to operate within the law, which could be interpreted to mean rentboy is aware that its customers hire these guys for sex. But let's not get too specific. All that matters is that rentboy either gets a % of the hustler's money, or it generates a profit based on ad revenue thanks to hustler's posting their wares. Either way, it could be problematic in a court of law (especially with a jury present). The rentboy posts are clearly advertising sex. "Bottom, Top, Cut, Uncut, Fisting, Kissing," etc. This, my friend, is advertising sex for sale ... at least it is on my planet.
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    May 14, 2010 5:53 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI'm pretty sure their business has skyrocketed from this.
    "The only bad advertisement is no advertisement." And they got LOTS of advertisement from this, for free! icon_biggrin.gif

    I had no idea this site even existed, and then I went to check it out after seeing it in multiple articles and on multiple forums.

    Wow. Just. Wow.
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    May 14, 2010 6:05 PM GMT
    why are people so uptight about prostitution? cunts.
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    May 14, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidwhy are people so uptight about prostitution? cunts.

    Nah! Let's play...
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    Collect the prostitute cards!!!
  • JayDT

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    May 14, 2010 6:21 PM GMT
    I LOVE IT!!! "If you're a famous heterosexual homophobe and you appear in public with a rentboy... Excess baggage can indeed be heavy and there is nothing like a hot man to help you unload it."

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    May 14, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    I joined....I am going to check it out and be an escort...I think I can dance for bucks...LOL