We interviewed Jonathan Crutchley, who now serves on the advisory board for the National Coalition of Rentboys (NCORB), which fights to protect the legal rights of said rentboys throughout America. The organization itself was formed as response to the raid in New York at the headquarters of Rentboys.com. Several people, including Crutchley have criticized the raid, claiming it not to be legal. Jonathan Crutchley not only advises the board but he also cemented his role in the company by making a notable donation to the legal defense of Rentboy’s founder. Jonathan Crutchley outraged many in the past by donating money to John McCains Republican campaign. Crutchley tells us why none of it makes sense for him anymore …
You recently became an adviser to the board of the NCORB. What is the organization set out to do and where do you see your role in it?
The organization was founded by Mr. Norm Kent to support the Rentboy employees who were arrested. Also, the organization plans a lawsuit that they hope will have all anti-prostitution laws in the U. S. A. declared unconstitutional. The project is ambitious. My role is to serve on the advisory board. Mr. Kent speaks for the organization.
CEO Jeffrey Hurant and four of his employees at Rentboy.com face up to five years in prison if convicted of conspiring to commit crimes involving interstate or foreign travel. At the same time many escorts must fear for prosecution now their personal details and communication was legally obtained as evidence in a federal case. In your own words, how do you suggest everyone involved in the industry acts now?
We all need to unite and support the Rentboy employees. The community should raise money to pay for the defense of these workers, and, as I have done, the community should support the overturning of anti-prostitution laws.
The current situation is that Prostitution in the United States is illegal in all fifty states, except in some rural counties of the state of Nevada. We are talking about an industry worth an estimated worth 14.6 Billion Dollars in the US alone. Why would a government want to miss out on that much tax money?
Please do not ask my why the government does things that make no sense. Perhaps the government will some day realize the tax value of this industry. I remember that at one time all gambling was illegal in most of the U.S.A., but now every state has a lottery that earns millions for the government.
9.1 percent of men in the United States stated in 2012 that they have paid for sex with a prostitute. Would it not be in the interest of the clients (straight, gay or bi) to legally trade money for sexual services?
You are preaching to the choir.
An unusual lawsuit was filed earlier this year in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. In their complaint, Erotic Service Provider Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLER) argues that anti-prostitution and solicitation laws impinge upon the substantive due process rights guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment and invoke the liberty interests in one’s private sexual relationship. Is this something NCORB is planning to use as an argument as well?
Yes, I believe so. And other groups will be encouraged to file similar lawsuits in other states. Then, what usually happens is that different courts make conflicting rulings in these lawsuits, which are then eventually appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court to settle all differences. We hope that the final decision will be in our favor.
Interview Torsten Schwick