BILL DRAPER, Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) - A defense attorney in a southwest Missouri sex slave case says federal prosecutors should not be allowed to use intimate relations between her client and his wife as proof that the man sexually abuses women.
Edward and Marilyn Bagley are scheduled for trial in February on a number of federal charges, including sex trafficking and forced labor trafficking. Prosecutors say Ed Bagley groomed a woman to become his sex slave when she was a teenager, then tortured her for years.
The Bagleys claim the woman asked to become part of their kinky BDSM lifestyle.
Prosecutors said they plan to introduce evidence of "sadistic sexual assaults" committed by Bagley against his wife. BDSM advocates say it's dangerous for the government to treat consensual sex as a crime.
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