|Lebanon Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Traffick
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Kansas City Infozine
January 6, 2012
Lebanon Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking
Admits Torturing Woman Who Was Coerced as a Sex Slave.
Lebanon Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking, Torturing Woman Who Was Coerced as a Sex Slave
Kansas City, MO - infoZine - Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Lebanon, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in the sex trafficking of a young, mentally deficient woman who was coerced into being a sex slave for several years while she was tortured in a trailer home located in a wooded area in Lebanon.
Michael Stokes, also known as “The Rodent,” 63, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to his role in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. Stokes' guilty plea today marks the fourth and final customer in this case to be convicted under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
Stokes became familiar with the female victim (FV) in 2006 when he received pictures of her over the Internet in which she was naked with whip marks over her body. Stokes was told that the victim was a slave for “life” who was tortured for hours at a time and was required to do “everything and anything” she was told.
After a few weeks of chatting online, the plea agreement says, a co-conspirator brought the victim to Stokes' house so she could do a “demo” for him. When they arrived at Stokes' residence, bringing a duffle bag of torture devices with them, FV was instructed to “put on a show for us.” FV was naked, wearing only dog collars and ankle collars with locks. Stokes was asked whether he wanted to have sex with her. Stokes said “yes” and he had sex with FV.
Stokes was stunned that “someone had that much control over someone” and “had never seen anything like it.”
Stokes began visiting the residence where FV was being held. During his first visit, he was shown a photo of FV's vaginal opening sewn shut and told this was done to demonstrate “what was expected of her.” FV was present for these statements and remained silent. FV never talked back or spoke up. FV never offered herself to Stokes and only acted on command.
It was obvious that FV was undereducated and had slower mental functioning. Stokes believed she had the educational level of a 13-year-old. FV did not have the normal skills of a 20-year-old woman.
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