Federal authorities in New York City have arrested the head of an online male escort service and six of his employees on prostitution charges.

Prosecutors announced the charges Tuesday against Rentboy.com CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the other defendants.

Disclaimers on New York-based Rentboy.com had said its listings were for companionship and not for sexual services. But a federal complaint alleges that in reality the site was designed to advertise prostitution.

The 50-year-old Hurant is awaiting a court appearance in Brooklyn. The name of his attorney wasn't immediately available.