Man forced teens to have sex after luring them from Facebook:
Man Lured Teens From Facebook, Forced Into Sex Trafficking:
Most times when it comes to child prostitution and sex trafficking I’m usually talking about websites like Backpage or craigslist. However every once in a while I’ll talk about a social networking site like Facebook. Some pimps and traffickers find that social networking is a powerful recruitment tool.
Case in point, police in St. Louis County, Missouri have arrested 39-year-old Anton Mark Morris for prostituting teen girls and women that he recruited through Facebook. I actually started to type craigslist there. Force of habit I guess.
According to police Morris recruited a 16-year-old girl through Facebook and used the usual promises of money, gifts and a better life. Of course that is never true. Instead he forced the girl to recruit others to work for him. Morris also allegedly held two other girls, ages 17 and 19, against their will and forced all three of them to violated by strangers for money. One night when Morris fell asleep one of the girls escaped and got in touch with police. Morris is actually looking at life behind bars since St. Louis County has a pretty stiff human trafficking law.
Parents, once again I urge you to talk to your children to tell them that if someone online is promising them money and gifts that they are out to do them harm. It’s the same as the ‘never take candy from strangers’ principle except taken to an entirely new level.
Edward Bagley Sr.
Final Suspect Pleads Guilty in Sex Slave Case; Faces 20 Years:
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.
Edward Bagley Sr.
Guilty plea expected in ‘horrific’ sex torture case:
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.
Is Missouri couple’s ’50 Shades of Grey’ lifestyle a crime?:
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’.
Peyton McAnelly and Avery Cornuelle
Man stabbed in attempted robbery in O’Fallon, Mo. dies:
20-year-old Peyton McAnelly and 18-year-old Avery Cornuelle, both of O’Fallon, Missouri, were arrested for allegedly stabbing 54-year-old Joseph Givens in a craigslist robbery attempt. Givens made contact with the pair through a craigslist ad that the article calls seeking an “alternative lifestyles” encounter. I call it that Givens was cruising craigslist.
To go off on a tangent for a minute I’ve posted many times before how dangerous it is for anyone, be it gay or straight, to use craigslist to cruise for one night stands. More times than not it turns out to be a situation like this.
Anyway, McAnelly and Cornuelle were said to have full intentions of robbing Mr. Givens. The pair had planned on taking his wallet and in the process they stabbed Givens in the head, neck and upper torso. That happened on June 8th. On Friday June 15th Mr. Givens died from his injuries.
Again since I’ve already touched on the cruising aspect of the story I’ll say this. Since this didn’t happen in the Northeast and didn’t involve an attractive female victim I doubt that this will make national news and once again craigslist gets a pass.
4th man changes plea in Missouri sex slave case:
Update: Fourth Man Pleads Guilty in Ozarks Sex Slavery Case:
I’ve previously posted about this story here and here. The heart of the story is that Edward Bagley Sr. of Lebanon, Missouri allegedly kept a mentally challenged woman as a sex slave for 7 years between 2002 and 2009. He first met the woman when she was a 16-year-old runaway. He is accused of torturing her which included sewing her vagina shut and anally electrocuting her. Bagley would also ‘rent’ the woman out to other men for such things as steaks and cigarettes.
The last update I posted said that two of Bagley’s customers, Dennis Henry and James Noel had pleaded guilty to the charges against them. Since that time two more customers, Bradley Cook and Michael Stokes, have also pleaded guilty.
Stokes not only had repeated sex with the victim and tortured her but he also promoted her at strip clubs and took her to California for a porno mag shoot. He only received five years for his guilty plea. Considering he admitted to electrocuting the victim anally and vaginally he should have gotten way more than that.
Cook got 20 years in his plea deal admitting that he engaged in sex and torture with the victim.
Henry got 15 years in his plea deal for committing sex trafficking by force.
Noel also only got 5 years for torturing the victim.
Bagley and his wife Marilyn have yet to go to trial which is scheduled for February 15th. If they don’t get life sentences then there is no justice for victims.
And to all you BDSM aficionados out there this is not an indictment on your lifestyle choice. We are talking about a woman who was manipulated into believing that she was legally someone’s slave. She was not a willing participant, there was no ‘safe word’. She was the captive of a sadist and that’s all there is to it.
UPDATE 7/11/2012: The trial for the Bagleys has been pushed back until February 2013.
Robert Michael Stevens
Robert Stevens charged with intent to solicit minors:
34-year-old Robert Michael Stevens of O’Fallon, Missouri was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to underage girls on MyYearbook in order to solicit sex from them.
Of course in true creeper fashion Stevens is said to have had five different accounts on MyYearbook where he claimed to be a 14-year-old boy.
While these incidents on MyYearbook aren’t nearly as many as MySpace had they’re still enough to warrant attention. Parents, if your kids use MyYearbook you may want to keep a closer eye on their internet usage. I say that about any social site but especially about MyYearbook.
Law limiting teacher-student online contact draws ire:
Recently the state of Missouri has enacted a set of laws to prevent teachers from entering into appropriate relationships with their students. One of those laws is that teachers could not privately communicate with students through Facebook or other social networking sites. Of course this has teachers outraged. Even the ACLU is getting involved.
Teachers say that this punishes all teachers for the sins of the criminal ones. You’ll have to forgive me for possibly being old-fashioned but I wouldn’t want a teacher contacting one of my children outside of school wherein the contact circumvents the parent.
If kids have a question about their school work where they need to contact their teacher outside of school it should be done through a school monitored website and not something like Facebook where a parent may not have any control.
55-year-old Larry Butler of Parts Unknown is accused of posing as a Joplin, Missouri tornado victim on the free dating site PlentyOfFish.
Investigators say that Butler would use the site to prey on people’s sympathies in order to rob them. In one instance Butler allegedly stole a truck which led to Butler and an innocent women being arrested. In another instance Butler allegedly stole $15K in property of woman who allowed him to stay there.
I like the fact that there are people who have better hearts than mine and are willing to open their homes like this however they must realize that there are people willing to stoop as low to pose as a victim of the tragedy in order to con them.
Back in September I posted a story that caused somewhat of a controversy. Back then in Lebanon, Missouri five men were indicted for holding a developmentally challenged girl captive and sexually abusing and torturing her.
Those ‘men’ are…
Edward Bagley, Sr., 43, and Michael Stokes, 62, both of Lebanon, Mo., Dennis Henry, 50, of Wheatland, Mo., James Noel, 44, of Springfield, Mo., and Bradley Cook, 31, of St. Louis, Mo.
Here’s the summary of the situation from my original post…
Bagley is said to be the ring leader as investigators say he was the one who held the girl hostage from 2002 to 2009. Bagley originally met the girl, only identified as VF, when she was a 16-year-old runaway. He convinced her to come live with him as a sex slave even forcing her to sign a contract, that she believed was legally binding, into becoming his sex slave. Bagley is said to have raped and tortured the woman both live and on webcam for years. He is also said to have advertised his little shows online as well. No word on what website he used to advertise but I have my suspicions. He lured the girl into his pathetic life by promising to make her a model which is a common trick among online predators. He is even said to have had the woman tattooed branding her as his property. If she complained or tried to leave Bagley would only increase the torture. Outside of these shows Bagley is said to have forced her to work in strip clubs too keeping all her money. Investigators were tipped off when Bagley took the woman to the hospital after torturing her so bad that she went into cardiac arrest.
Got that so far? Now for his alleged accomplices…
Stokes gave Bagley steaks, cigarettes, coats, clothing, lighters and cash. Henry and Stokes paid approximately $2,900 for Bagley to transport FV to California in December 2006 for a photo shoot in which FV performed sexual acts. Henry accompanied Bagley on the trip. Stokes paid Bagley $300 for a torture session, and also gave him money to build a home-made device to sexually torture FV. Cook gave Bradley a hard drive with sadomasochism and torture videos downloaded from the Internet.
Now a new indictment has been handed down against Bagley’s wife, 45-year-old Marilyn Bagley.
Marilyn Bagley, 45, along with her husband Edward Bagley, Sr., also known as “Master Ed,” 43, and Michael Stokes, also known as “The Rodent,” 62, all of Lebanon, and Bradley Cook, also known as “PutHer2GoodUse,” 32, of St. Louis, were charged in an 18-count superseding indictment returned by a grand jury in Kansas City, Mo. The superseding indictment replaces an indictment handed up last Sept. 8. Edward Bagley, Stokes and Cook remain in federal custody.
Nice names. I still want to know how in the blue hell a married couple come up with a scheme like this to torture a young woman like this. How is that conversation even brought up? “Hey honey, you know what would make our marriage even better? If we got a mentally challenged woman that we could hold captive and torture.”
Speaking of the torture…
Edward Bagley allegedly beat, whipped, flogged, suffocated, choked, shocked, caned, skewered, drowned, mutilated, hung and caged the woman to coerce her to become a sex slave.
Not enough for you?
The men had locked the victim in a cage, and had her vagina sewn shut as a form of punishment.
A lot of the comments I received on my original post were from people who were involved in BDSM relationships who thought that the woman was not a victim and that prosecutors were making a big deal out of nothing.
Tell me, does this sound like a willing participant to you?
She did not know how to think for herself. She also took long periods of time to think and comprehend something and had a difficult time keeping up with conversations. Henry saw that the woman did not know how to eat with a knife and a fork, and he taught her how to use silverware.
Not to mention the whole vagina sewing thing.
Henry and Noel have already pleaded guilty.
There is no way in hell you can say that this woman was a willing participant. This is not your normal BDSM relationship. This crossed over into nothing but pure rape and torture. No one is here to attack your lifestyle. I just want to see a sick son of a bitch, his wife and the rest of his lackeys serve a long time in a captive relationship courtesy of the state.
Thanks again to phyllie for the tip.