Thursday, February 18, 2016

Case dismissed against six employees of ‘Internet brothel’

NEW YORK — Federal authorities have dismissed charges against six former employees of the website, while continuing to move forward with a case against the chief executive on counts of money laundering and promoting prostitution, according to court documents posted Wednesday.

On Friday, Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom granted a motion by the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn to dismiss the charges against the former employees. The move came less than a month after the former chief executive, Jeffrey Hurant, was indicted and two days after he was arraigned and pleaded not guilty.

At the time that Hurant and the six others were originally charged in August, the authorities, who raided and shut down the website, called it the largest online male-escort service and described it as an Internet brothel that made millions of dollars by promoting prostitution.  (more...)


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