Tomorrow 45-year-old Edward Bagley Sr.is expected to plead guilty to the sexual torture and trafficking of a 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 that 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.