Friday, June 27, 2014

Operators of Arrested, Websites Seized

Visitors to the seized sites saw a message from the FBI, Department of Justice, and Internal Revenue Service. To report information, call 1-800-Call-FBI.

Source: FBI

Eric Omuro, of Mountain View, California, also known as “Red,” was arrested on June 25, 2014, following his indictment by a federal grand jury on charges involving the use of the mail and the Internet to facilitate prostitution and multiple counts of money laundering. The FBI seized the domain names and, which were allegedly used to facilitate prostitution in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the West Coast region of the United States.

According to information available on the publicly accessible website as of the date of its seizure by the FBI, purported to provide “Escort, Massage, and Strip Club Reviews.” Instead, however, the website hosted advertisements for prostitutes, complete with explicit photos, lewd physical descriptions, menus of sexual services, hourly and nightly rates, and customer reviews of the prostitutes’ services.

The website used acronyms for numerous sex acts, which were defined in graphic detail in the website’s “Terms and Acronyms” section. Although the website could be accessed for free, advertised fees for premier placement of prostitution advertisements and for “VIP Memberships,” which purportedly allowed customers access to “private forums” and heightened capabilities to search reviews of the prostitution services.
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