All three sites may also be linked to at least one man, David Azzato. While the Swiss businessman has denied operating any sites within the US and claimed to have reduce ties with Eros and Rubmaps, investigators consider he’s nonetheless concerned based mostly on proof. While Rubmaps modified from a .com deal with to .ch after the Backpage shutdown, for instance, the area holder was the identical firm — and its lone founding shareholder is a advertising and marketing agency created by Azzato. EroticMonkey’s earlier .com area, in the meantime, was linked to an IP deal with from a “Davide Azzato.” Eros additionally got here underneath management of a Cyprus-based firm that counted Azzato as a founder.
A spokesman for Azzato insisted that Rubmaps was only a “design project” the businessman by no means profited from, maintained that “Davide” was a unique person, and mentioned that Azzato offered Eros to a different firm (owned by a former director of Azzato’s advertising and marketing company). The consultant additionally claimed to not know the place Azzato lives, whilst a LinkedIn web page appeared to point that he lived within the United Arab Emirates.
As a end result, it could be troublesome for US officers to extradite Azzato in the event that they decide he and the sites are knowingly selling crimes like trafficking. They might coordinate with different nations to close down the sites, although. The problem is to take long-lasting motion. A shutdown won’t matter a lot if different sites merely pop up of their place, particularly if the outdated sites creators aren’t held to account.