Monday, September 13, 2010

Hustler editor, photographer questioned in Missouri sex slave case

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The Hustler mag in question, blurred and cropped (via TheWrap).
  • The Hustler mag in question, blurred and cropped (via TheWrap).
The Hustler mag in question, blurred and cropped (via TheWrap).
The Hollywood watchers at TheWrap are reporting that the Missouri woman federal prosecutors believe was forced into becoming a sex slave appeared on the cover of the July 2007 edition of Hustler magazine's Taboo, a title in Larry Flynt's porno empire.

Last week, federal prosecutors accused 43-year-old Edward Bagley Sr. of Lebanon, Missouri, of a five-year commercial sex trafficking conspiracy. They claim Bagley -- who is also known as "Master Ed" -- sexually abused the woman, tortured and branded her, forced her to work as a stripper, sold her to other men for sex and torture sessions, and offered her in online torture videos.

TheWrap

reported that Hollywood photographer Ken Marcus shot the Taboo cover, featuring the alleged victim and fetish model Anastasia Price, which led FBI agents to his studio. Bagley's photo also appeared in the magazine (see below).

The images appeared in two issues of Taboo, the Flynt

magazine specializing in hard-core fetish pornography. While it's highly

unlikely that Marcus or Flynt will face any criminal action, they could

be called to testify or face civil action if the woman should ever

choose to sue.

A month later, the woman was back in Taboo for an interview as well as

more photos, which were taken by Bagley, TheWrap reported.

"Master" Ed Bagley
  • "Master" Ed Bagley
"Master" Ed Bagley
Bagley bragged about the Hustler spread in an online forum for sado-masochists in June 2007, TheWrap reported.
"My

slave girl is in Taboo magazine, but it's the July issue, she is in and

on the cover ... Also, the interview about the slave and Myself is in

the august issue of Taboo ... It was a very fun experience," Bagley

wrote.

Marcus, the photographer, sought out Bagley and the woman after seeing

one of their shows online, TheWrap reported. He e-mailed them and set up

a shoot at his studio and also filmed the two.

The video clip includes a

brief moment where Marcus interviewed Bagley and the woman following a

lengthy bondage session.

"Is this your first time being in Hollywood and doing videos?" Marcus asked the woman.

"Yes sir," she responded in a childlike voice.

Is this your last time being in Hollywood and doing videos?" Marcus asked.

"I hope not," the woman answered with Bagley standing close beside her

Marcus told TheWrap that he was interviewed by the FBI, but he also said he never noticed any of the alleged abuse.

"They actually seemed to be quite a lovely couple ... if anything he

was going out of his way to make sure she was as happy as possible.

I was very shocked to see the government had any issue with them at

all," Marcus told TheWrap.

...

"They say she was of diminished mental capacity, we never saw that

whatsoever. She seemed to be bright, intelligent and in control, able to

say 'yes' and 'no,'" Marcus said.

According to

TheWrap, the feds also spoke with Taboo executive editor Ira Levine.

The

feds became interested in Bagley in February 2009 after the woman was

rushed to a hospital in cardiac arrest after Bagley allegedly suffocated

and electrocuted her during a torture session. They claim the

alleged abuse began when Bagley took the woman, then a 16-year-old

runaway, into his Lebanon home, promising he'd help make her a model and

a dancer.

TheWrap lists a litany of other alleged abuses: "beating, whipping, flogging,

forced abortions, choking, caning, skewering, drowning, mutilation,

hanging, caging, shocking, stapling and sewing." Among the allegations in the indictment, which includes Bagley allegedly performing abortions on the girl, Bagley is accused of sewing the woman's "urinary opening and vagina shut" to demonstrate what was "expected of her" and nailing her labia and nipples to slabs of wood. There's a lot more in the indictment (see below).

Bagley is facing a maximum of life in prison.

Bagley Indictment

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