Omuro also added a key functionality—he made it possible for sex workers to advertise their services.
Red Book may have been full of racy talk and the promise of erotic assignations, but the site itself was anything but sexy.
Instead of a directory of links to sexy ads, forums, and reviews, they saw a dire-looking alert from the Department of Justice, FBI, and IRS stating that Red Book's domain had been seized.
Both Omuro and Lanoce are due in court in March for sentencing.
San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin district is bordered by touristy Union Square on one side and tony Nob Hill on another.
You could pay a month for access to the section, where VIP customers shared detailed write-ups of their experiences with escorts, BDSM providers, and erotic masseuses.
As part of their reviews, users listed the services they received, as well as details about the provider's physical attributes.