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MyRedBook.com Operator sentenced to 13 months in prison for facilitation prostitution

May 22, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
MyRedBook.com Operator sentenced to 13 months in prison for facilitation prostitution

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The California man who ran the website MyRedBook.com was sentenced to 13 Months in Prison for the Facilitation of Prostitution in federal court on Thursday.

Eric Omuro, also known as Red, 53, of Mountain View, California, pleaded guilty on Dec. 11, 2014, to using a facility of interstate commerce with the intent to facilitate prostitution.

The San Francisco based tech entreprenuer was sentenced to 13 months in prison today for his operation of the myRedBook.com website to facilitate prostitution. The prison sentence is the first landmark federal conviction of a website operator engaging in the facilitation of prostitution.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of the Northern District of California, made the announcement.

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As part of his plea agreement, Omuro agreed to forfeit more than $1.28 million in cash and property, as well as the sfRedBook.com and myRedBook.com domain names.

In connection with his guilty plea, Omuro admitted that from April 2010 until June 25, 2014, he owned and operated the website called myRedBook.com, which was previously known as myfredbook.com.

Omuro admitted that the website hosted advertisements posted by prostitutes containing explicit photos, graphic descriptions of sexual services offered and rates for the sexual services.

The advertisements were searchable by geographic location, including cities throughout California, other U.S. states and Canada.

In addition, Omuro admitted that members of his website and prostitutes typically used acronyms for sex acts, which were defined in graphic detail in the website’s “Terms and Acronyms” section.

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The prostitutes posted advertisements for free. However, myRedBook.com offered additional options for a fee, including featured advertising space prostitutes could buy have their profile featured more prominently on the website.

Although myRedBook.com was free to customers. If a customer purchased a membership, however, the customer obtained early and enhanced access to prostitute reviews, enhanced prostitute review search options and access to additional VIP forums, among other things.

According to an affidavit submitted in connection with the sentencing hearing, the FBI identified more than 50 juveniles who were also advertised on myRedBook for the purpose of prostitution.

Sex worker can still use other sites to post advertisments including Eros, Backpage, Citvibe amongst others. Myredbook was differed because it not only offered advertisments for escorts, but also forums where they could ask questions from eachother, find support and even make friends.

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