35-year-old Timothy Gilmore, of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, has been arrested for allegedly posting child porn online of a 16-year-old girl from Fort Wayne, Indiana, but the charges don’t even come close to telling the whole story. It’s not made known in the article how Gilmore met his victim, but he allegedly used the pervert trifecta of Tumblr, Kik and Snapchat to communicate with her. According to authorities, Gilmore made the girl refer to him as ‘Master T’ while he referred to her as ‘slave’. This may indicate to some people that this was a consensual BDSM relationship, but not only did Gilmore have another woman, who the victim was made to address as Mistress, order the teen around, but Gilmore allegedly wanted the girl to live with him when she turned 18 so he could breed future sex slaves with her. The child porn charges stem from when Gilmore is said to have posted images of the girl on Tumblr. Along with Kik, Tumblr is a popular destination among child porn traders.
What is it with Missouri and guys who want sex slaves? Ok, that’s actually unfair to Missouri, but this story reminds me of Edward Bagley Sr. of Lebanon, Missouri. He took in a 16-year-old runaway and made her his personal sex slave. He not only traded her out to his friends but he sewed her vagina shut as a punishment. Sadly, that could have been the life of Gilmore’s victim if he had his way. He may be only looking at 15 years behind bars but he deserves much more.
Aldair Hodza and Laura Evelene Sorensen, of Clive, Iowa, were arrested in New Kent County, Virginia early last week. They were arrested at a truck stop when a trucker notified police of suspicious activity in their RV. No, it wasn’t meth, instead police found a malnourished woman. When police separated her from Hodza and Sorenesen she told them that she was being held against her will and was being physically and sexually abused. They were allegedly at the truck stop because Hodza was turning out his victim on craigslist and was there to meet someone who was willing to pay. Hozda even allegedly branded his victim on her back probably marking her as his property. Not surprisingly Hodza is said to have swastika tattoos on his arms. That would probably explain why he thinks so little of other people. This story reminds me a lot of Edward Bagley who kept a woman hostage for years as his personal sex slave, even lending his victim out to friends. He got 20 years.
Special thanks need to go out to truckers who really can be and often are the eyes and ears needed to stop human trafficking.
Also it appears that sex trafficking is returning to craigslist with a vengeance, or maybe it never left. Heaven forfend if craigslist would actually keep their own yard clean by moderating.
This story is a couple of weeks old but still relevant.
In the Texas senate a bill called Senate Bill 94 would allow victims of sex trafficking to sue any publisher “of an advertisement that led to their victimization.” That means that any sex trafficking victim that was advertised in Texas would be able to sue websites that they were advertised on like Backpage and other sites but mostly Backpage.
As usual though the free speech argument is being thrown out there but I still don’t see how profiting from sexual slavery is a free speech issue. As I am fond of saying while people are quick to defend the supposed First Amendment rights of sleaze like Backpage barely anyone is willing to step up to protect the victims’ Thirteenth Amendment rights.
I’m sure the Federal Communications Decency Act will come up as well which holds websites harmless if their users participate in illegal activity on their website. That law was passed in 1996. It’s old enough to drive now. In internet years that makes it an archaic law. I’m sure the drafters of it did not have a major website profiting from child prostitution in mind when the law was written. Again in internet terms, this law is about as up to date as prohibition.
But no it’s more important for Backpage to be able to advertise women and girls for sex than it is the well-being of the women and children sold. And people wonder why I think humanity is a lost cause.