I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts recently when the subject turned to prostitution. Now this wasn’t some hard-hitting news podcast but more of a humor/entertainment podcast. The podcast participants started commenting about how prostitution should be legal and how they don’t see it as a problem. I had to turn the podcast off at that point. I wasn’t offended but I just knew I would get frustrated listening to what essentially came down to the much cited myth of ‘consenting adults’. I just don’t see how legalizing prostitution would magically eliminate all the problems that go along with it. How would that eliminate human trafficking, child prostitution, rape, organized crime, drug addiction, violence against the prostitutes committed by both johns and pimps, and the like?
As is usually the case when this subject comes up a lot of people will point to places like Amsterdam and Nevada as examples of how legalized prostitution is flourishing. Sadly the reality here is even in legal zones like those mentioned all the aforementioned problems still take place.
Do I think the podcasters were trying to push some pro-sexual slavery agenda? No, of course not. Like too many people they are just uneducated on what prostitution really entails beyond the ‘consenting adults’ mantra.
One of the most frequent arguments I hear against shutting down Backpage’s adult ads is that it will drive the traffickers and pimps further underground. It turns out that they’re already there and if DARPA has any say it they won’t be hiding there long.
DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is the agency under the direction of the Department of Defense that, according to wiki, is responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military. That can apply to law enforcement as well because DARPA has developed a type of search engine called Memex that allows them to identify patterns in human trafficking. It even searches the so-called dark web where sites like the infamous Silk Road have existed.
I urge you to either read the NPR article or listen to the audio clip below to see just how Memex can get the job done.
Right off the bat please allow me to say that I’m not trying to take away any attention from the 230 schoolgirls that were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. What has happened there is indeed a tragedy. From most reports that I’ve read if these girls are not rescued they will be forced into a life of slavery.
While this is tragic how many people out there that are hashtagging #bringbackourgirs are aware of the amount of women and children who are sold into slavery every day and all around the world, yes even here in the U.S. By now you should know I’m referring to human trafficking.
Every day women and girls are being forced into sexual slavery by pimps and traffickers but they don’t make news because the pimps only do it one girl at a time. I would lay odds that more that 230 new girls are forced into prostitution at least every day in this country. Traffickers promise the girls freedom in a new country yet never let them taste that freedom. Pimps promise a life of money and glamour but only give a life of violence and drugs. How is their plight any less tragic than the schoolgirls in Nigeria? Yet they rarely make the international news.
So let’s not just bring awareness about the girls in Nigeria but to all the girls who are kidnapped in one form or another every day and sold into slavery. Let’s bring back ALL our girls.
Last week 46-year-old Edward Bagley Sr. of Lebanon, Missouri was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for keeping a woman captive as his sex slave for years. You can check the archives to see my previous posts on this but I’ll try to sum up the low points of what Bagley did to his victim.
First he took the mentally challenged woman in as a 16-year-old girl, would trade her to his friends for things like cigarettes and steaks, would electrocute and torture her and broadcast it on the internet, made her sign what she thought was a legally binding document making her Bagley’s slave and lastly he had her vagina sewn shut. Those are just the ones I can pull off the top of my head. For those of you new to the story, yes Bagley is/was married and his wife was in on it as well.
As I’ve mentioned previously a lot of people who claim to be from the BDSM community think that this was nothing more than a master/slave, or dom/sub if you will, relationship. It was not. It was slavery at its basest form using coercion and violence against his victim. Most BDSM people who I know in real life say that they have never heard of any kind of consensual BDSM relationship like this and are shocked that any BDSM practitioners would try to say so.
As far as I’m concerned 20 years is nowhere near enough the sentence Bagley should have got. He’s nothing more than a modern-day slave trader. He got the 20 year sentence after entering into a plea deal back in January.
And if you are a BDSM practitioner great for you but this isn’t a government indictment on your lifestyle. It’s an indictment on one white trash hillbilly scumbag who took advantage of a 16-year-old girl for his own sadistic purposes. If you think anything else you may want to unzip the mouth hole on your gimp mask because your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen.
As alluded to yesterday 45-year-old Edward Bagley Sr.of Lebanon, Missouri has pleaded guilty to federal charges of trafficking, torturing and raping a woman he kept in his home for several years. Just a slight recap of some of the torture this woman had to endure at the hands of this white trash hillbilly.
The victim was tortured over a six-year period by strangulation, suffocation, breast and vaginal penetration with skewers, and electrical voltage.
And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. You can read more about her ordeal in the archives.
While it’s good to see that all involved are being sent to prison Bagley is only facing 20 years thanks to his plea deal. That means he could get less than 20 years. The torture of this woman is almost Dr. Mengele like proportions and all he’ll get at the most is 20 years? This is not justice unless there some kind of Marquis De Sade room in federal prisons that I’m unaware of. With any luck his fellow inmates will return unto him what he gave to that poor woman tenfold.
Tomorrow 45-year-old Edward Bagley Sr.is expected to plead guilty to the sexual torture and trafficking of woman that he and his wife allegedly kept as a sex slave.
Bagley met the girl when she was a 16-year-old runaway and convinced her to stay at his trailer. Bagley would sexually abuse the woman and either broadcast it over the web or charge his friends to watch. He even lent her out to some of his cronies in exchange for things like steaks, cigarettes and cash. He had his name tattooed on her and made her sign what she thought was a legally binding contract making her his property. As one form of punishment Bagley allegedly had her vagina sewn shut. This went on for a number of years. The only reason that she was rescued is because she had a heart attack after being electrocuted by Bagley during one of their torture sessions.
Since the story broke there have been some in the BDSM community who have been saying that there is nothing illegal going on here. One journalist even compared this situation to 50 Shades of Grey. Here’s the thing with that though, in most BDSM relationships it’s not only between two people and those people usually respect each other and the relationship is consensual. Trading your partner out for steaks and smokes is usually not part of the deal. What happened here is nothing short of the torture of a poor unfortunate woman. She was not a willing participant. She was coerced into thinking that she had no other choice. Prison for Bagley is only a modicum of justice in this case.
No word on what Bagley’s possible sentence is but unless it includes the words torture, electrocution, rape and slavery it won’t be anywhere near what this cowardly and depraved piece of pig excrement deserves.
Diana Reese is a freelance journalist in Kansas City. The Washington Post carried her article that compares the trashy mom porn novel 50 Shades of Grey to a case in Missouri where a mentally challenged woman was held captive for 7 years.
As far as I can tell, because I haven’t read the book, 50 Shades of Grey is about a man who introduces a naive young woman into the world of BDSM. From what actual practitioners of BDSM have told me it’s just a Harlequin romance novel that made it big. But I’m not here to trash the book. I’m here to call Ms. Reese’s article not only irresponsible journalism but trying to get ink (or pixels) by using something that’s popular to trivialize the plight of a woman who was tortured and traded for 7 years.
I’ve posted about the story of Edward Bagley Sr. and his wife Marilyn of Lebanon, Missouri before. They allegedly took in a mentally challenged 16-year-old runaway in 2002. Bagley convinced her to come live with him and even made her sign a contract that said he owned her which she thought was legally binding. He is believed to have raped and tortured the woman for years over webacam and with private shows for some of his buddies. He had the girl tattooed with his name to show dominance over her and that she was his property. Investigators say that Bagley also traded her out to some of his friends for money, clothes, cigarettes and steaks. Did I mention at one point she allegedly had her vagina sewn shut as a form of punishment?
This is not BDSM in any sense of the term. This is just pure sadism in its basest sense, torture for the sake of torture.
How dare anyone try to compare the torture this woman endured from the ages of 16 to 23 as a ‘relationship’.
This is an article from the Worcester Telegram about Lanyun Ma, 42, and Wei Ma, 22, who were both charged with human trafficking while running a backpage advertised massage parlor in Oxford, Mass. However instead of focusing on the horrors of human sex trafficking the article focused more on the matters of the local city council.
Foreign sex workers are often brought in illegally from other countries in horrid conditions and are forced to work of their ‘debt’ by being forced to sexually pleasure any degenerate who can come up with $60 and a tip. Often they are basically kept prisoner, forced to live in the same room they’re violated in and are often held against their will or have their families back home threatened with violence.
Instead of focusing on that the article instead focused on the licensing and zoning of massage parlors in the Oxford area.
This is why hardly anyone gives a crap about sex trafficking in this country. While countless women and children are being sold and violated people in this country are more concerned about what is it doing to their property values.
Judge Martinez believes that the ‘free speech’ issue may have some merit. I disagree but I don’t get to make the rules.
What I want to talk about is the unusual ally that the Village Voice Media owned backpage.com has garnered in their fight to keep making profits on the victims of sex trafficking. That would be the Internet Archive, aka Archive,org, aka The Wayback Machine, aka the site you go to when you want to see how bad websites looked in the past.
Backpage and Internet Archive argue the new law violates the Communications Decency Act of 1996, as well as the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments and the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Yet they once again not only gloss over the Thirteenth Amendment but basic human rights as well.
Let’s not kid ourselves, this about money and nothing else. Backpage wants to make it off the backs of sex trafficking victims and doesn’t care who gets raped, kidnapped, beaten, tortured and killed to get it. Organizations like the EFF and now Internet Archive are nothing more than their willing dupes.
In the state of Washington law SB 6251 was set to take effect today. The law would require that sites like Backpage and papers like Village Voice Media publications would be required to verify the ages of the people in ‘escort’ ads. (ie, prostitution and trafficking ads)
Village Voice Media and Backpage being the stalwart defenders of the disadvantaged that they are not only sued to have the low blocked, they won, for now. Once again the greedy cowards at VVM hide behind the federal Communications Decency Act. Now I’m no legal expert but the essence of the CDA was to protect site owners from when one of their troll users posted something criminal or inflammatory on their websites. What the CDA never accounted for was website owners making millions of dollars on women and children being forcibly sold into sex slavery. Not to mention that the CDA was passed in 1996. In terms of internet years that was a lifetime ago. That’s when people were still using dial-up to connect to their AOL accounts on 28.8K modems. The internet has evolved so much in that time yet the CDA is stuck in the era of the dancing baby. It’s an archaic law that is in desperate need of a modern upgrade.
Of course we have a quote from Backpage’s new head legal weasel Liz McDougall about how the fine folks at Backpage shit puppies and rainbows…
Company lawyer Liz McDougall said that Backpage is “an online industry leader in working cooperatively with law enforcement to identify, arrest and prostitute…I mean prosecute human traffickers,” and that Washington’s law would force criminal conduct back underground, where it’s harder to track.
“The trafficking of children for sex is an abomination,” she said in a written statement. “I believe aggressive improvements in technology and close collaboration between the online service community, law enforcement and (nongovernmental organizations) is the best approach to fighting human trafficking.”
I may have altered the quote somewhat. Joking aside what she’s really saying is that this law interferes with Backpage and VVM making money hand over fist keeping their dead industry alive on the backs of rape victims. If Backpage were to shut down the adult section it would not make traffickers harder to track and it would decrease their numbers greatly. Backpage may be the leader of online trafficking today but they still don’t come close to the numbers that craigslist had at the height of their involvement in the sex trade. When sites like craigslist and Backpage shut down their erotic/adult sections the number of sex traffickers decrease. The harder you make the threshold of entry higher for traffickers to post online it would greatly decrease their presence.