Jonathan Crutchley, the founder of Manhunt and owner of Online Buddies, a group of gay mobile offerings that includes Jack’d, has joined the national advisory board of NCORB, the National Coalition of Rentboys, an association of rent boys and their supporters advocating for rights of male escort workers. The group organized in response to the Homeland Security and NYPD raid onRentboy.com in New York city, August 25, 2015.
“It is no business of the government at any level— be it Federal, State, or Local— to enter the bedrooms of consenting adults and tell them what they may or may not do within that private setting,” said Jonathan Crutchley of his decision to join NCORB. “Such matters are certainly not the business of the Department of Homeland Security, which was created after September 11, 2001 to protect citizens from foreign terrorists. These Federal agents must have run out of terrorists to catch or airport passengers to grope.
“Violating the constitutional rights of U. S. citizens in the name of protecting them, Federal agents have now extended their reach to suppressing Rentboy.com, a male escort service based in New York, on the assertion that Rentboy was using interstate commerce to violate local New York laws,” he continues. “It is the right and the duty of local governments to enforce local laws, and not the right of the Federal government to trample everyone else’s rights and interfere. I founded my company, Online Buddies, Inc., and launched its products, including Manhunt and Jack’d, in the name of individual privacy and sexual freedom. In the name of individual liberty, the Federal government needs to mind its own business and do the job it was given to do by the Constitution.”
The National Coalition of Rent Boys & Allies (www.ncorb.com) was created as a not for profit corporation in Florida by Fort Lauderdale attorney Norm Kent, a well known First Amendment advocate.
“The Department of Homeland Security has initiated a questionable legal action which has terrorized thousands of men who were lawfully trading their time and companionship for legitimate compensation,” said Mr. Kent via a press release issued earlier this week. “There is a need for these men to have a collective voice and open forum to speak out against the raid and for their rights.”
Mr. Crutchley joins Howard Andrew of Fab Scout Entertainment, an agency that represents many of the world’s leading gay adult talent, on the advisory board.
On its website, NCORB has created a media outpost for news articles, columns, reactions and information about the Rentboy raid. The group aims to “become a national voice and advocacy group for men who independently contract with other consenting adults to sell their time and companionship, while speaking out for the decriminalization of sex workers…”
“Our website will be an organized base of rent boys and their allies, fostering a global coalition speaking out on their behalf,” continues Mr. Kent.
The site will provide unfettered access to legal advisories and ‘know your rights’ forums for rent boys remaining in the industry. It will also include regular updates on the status of the federal case against the principals of the Rent boy prosecution.
Kent noted that the “criticism of the Homeland Security raid has been resounding and national, with protests from coast to coast, and editorial boards from the New York Times to LGBT newspapers rightfully censuring the government.”
“Public pressure may not stop the prosecution, but it will certainly let the US attorney know where the LGBT community stands on targeting our population and our partners,” Kent concludes.