South Bay Man Arrested, Feds Seize MyRedBook Site for Facilitating Prostitution
By Brian Shields
Wed Jun 25th, 2014 1:02pm America/Los_Angeles
MOUNTAIN VIEW (KRON) — A Bay Area man was arrested after FBI and other federal agents shut down a Silicon Valley-based web site that offered “San Francisco Bay Area Escorts, incall, outcall, escort agencies, massage parlors, escort reviews, and classified ads.”
Eric Omuro, of Mountain View, also known as “Red,” was arrested today 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.
Omuro, 53, who allegedly used numerous aliases, also engaged in money transfers to move myredbook.com revenue into bank accounts which he controlled. According to the Indictment, Omuro engaged in more than twenty monetary transactions to launder the profits derived from the facilitation of prostitution. The Indictment seeks the forfeiture of more than $5 million in property and money derived from the facilitation of prostitution, as well as the Internet domain names myredbook.com and sfredbook.com.
Visitors to MyRedBook.com now see the logos of the FBI, the IRS, and the Department of Justice along with a message saying the domain name had been seized.
“This seizure is based on probable cause to believe that this domain name was involved in money laundering derived from racketeering based on prostitution in violation of state and federal law,” the notice continues.
A Google search for MyRedBook shows a variety of sub-domains offering specialty escorts and fetishes around the Bay Area as well as Southern California.
Sources tell KRON 4, authorities are also searching a home on Houghton Street in Mountain View in connection with the investigation.
The website myredbook.com purported to provide “Escort, Massage, and Strip Club Reviews,” 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, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.
The website used acronyms for numerous sex acts, which were defined in graphic detail in the website’s “Terms and Acronyms” section, the attorney’s office said.
Myredbook.com was a free website but it 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.
The charges in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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