The Gay City News reporter Duncan Osborne – whose coverage has included the use of stings and nuisance abatement lawsuits targeting gay sex venues for prostitution arrests in New York City – published his latest take on the Rentboy.com raid (“Cy Vance: Don’t Blame Me for Rentboy.com Raid,” Aug. 27, 2015). This one focuses on the suspicious distancing of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance from the enforcement action that took down Rentboy.com, despite the fact that the U.S. Attorney on the case originally credited his office for their involvement.
This one includes a quote from Rico Stone, a member of #HookUp. The latter part of Rico’s quote was cut from the article, but we share you the full text below:
Cy Vance is understandably distancing his office from the nightmarish raid on an important safety tool for people in the sex trades. Whether or not his office contributed to the raid itself, it happened under its watch. His office should be just as concerned with the continued questioning, harassment and arrest of people who are or are profiled in the sex trades for carrying condoms, his offices’s raids on people in the sex trades using shared apartments or massage parlors to increase our safety, and the targeting of people of color for prostitution-related arrests and prosecutions in his borough.