Industry Performers Respond to RentBoy.com Shutdown

by EDGE

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday August 26, 2015

The fallout to yesterday's Rentboy.com raid, in which federal officials arrested staff members and seized $1.4 million in bank accounts, has hit social media with numerous porn stars and models that worked with the site commenting on the shutdown.

According to a report from the NSFW website Str8UpGayPorn, RentBoy.com's employees were released on bond; the site has been taken down, which has affected the relationship the company has with numerous advertisers; and various events that RentBoy.com sponsors, such as New York City's Hustlaball and the annual The Hookies Awards, have been cancelled. The Las Vegas Hustlaball, which is not produced by the male escort website, is (as of this writing) going on as scheduled in January 2016, as is Hustlaball Berlin, which is scheduled for October.

"The subscription-based website -- rates range from $59.95 to $299.95 a month -- lists thousands of paid advertisements describing the physical appearance (height, weight, penis size) and sexual preferences (position, fetishes) of thousands of working men," The Daily Beast writes. "Often times, they include sexually explicit videos and photographs with their hourly, or nightly, rate.

"It's teeming with porn stars and industry hopefuls. Previous clients are even able to rate their sexual satisfaction," the website added.

Many of those who worked with RentBoy.com, or porn performers who were aware of the site's impact on the gay porn industry, have responded to the raid by taking to Twitter. Here are some of their responses: