Sites to find sex
The Feds' message, still up today, asserts that there is probable cause that the site was involved in “money laundering derived from racketeering based on prostitution.”Federal agents arrested Omuro, 54, along with Annmarie Lanoce, a 41-year-old bespectacled mother from Rocklin, California, a suburb of Sacramento.
(Lanoce worked for Omuro, helping to moderate Red Book and manage its operations.) Their homes were raided and their computer equipment confiscated.
In turn, hundreds of young tech workers have recently relocated to the Tenderloin and are rapidly changing the economics of a neighborhood that has managed to resist gentrification for decades.
He ended up sticking around for four years to join what he describes as the intelligent, provocative, and honest conversations on the site's forums. “You could have an open discussion about your beliefs and thoughts.” Boston participated in conversations on Red Book about everything from Libertarian politics to swinger sex parties.
But the most valuable part of the site was its reviews section.
Launched in 1999 by a Mountain View, California, tech entrepreneur named Eric “Red” Omuro, Red Book began as a modest hub for mongers (Internet slang for johns) to discuss the local scene and post reviews of escorts.
As it grew, the site expanded beyond the Bay Area, adding sections for Southern California, the Central Coast, Phoenix, Nevada, and the Pacific Northwest.