Michael L. Buck claimed he didn't force anyone into prostitution. The 37-year-old pimp pleaded guilty in May to trafficking women in involuntary servitude and coerced commercial sex, but Buck argued tht he wasn't guilty of sex trafficking.
Buck testified that he wasn't such a bad guy, according to the Star, telling the court: "I've got a bad criminal record and I am an easy target for people to
come and say I did this and did that. I was involved in some
prostitution, but I didn't force anyone."
Contradict yourself much? Buck wanted to pull his guilty plea but a judge rejected his request.
Prosecutors say Buck admitted that he coerced women into engaging in
commercial sex acts and used threats of violence, physical restraint and
force to make 'em do it. Buck used a Quest phone service to advertise
the women in KCMO and Independence and sold the women's services in
apartments, houses, motels and strip clubs.
Prosecutors read a statement from one of Buck's victims, who wrote
that Buck was at first a "big knight in shining armor" who later turned
into a "sadistic monster who enjoys pleasure at the expense of someone
"Physically, the abuse consisted of being choked around my neck or hit,Buck was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole that he'll get to serve consecutively with a four-year sentence for resisting arrest.
closed fist, in the face," she wrote. "Sexually, Mr. Buck abused me by
forcing me to have anal sex with him against my will and to have sex
with other men and women and watching porn against my will."
Since leaving Buck, she has suffered from anxiety and post-traumatic
stress disorder. But she's also moved out of state, married an
understanding man and worked on a criminal justice degree.
"Maybe, when this all is over, I will be able to help victims all over
who have suffered at the hands of men like Mr. Buck," she wrote.