Bagley All Over Again?
Another criminal prosecution arising from abuse in a kinky relationship. There are so few facts thus far that I won’t write much, but this is on my radar.
I don’t know why the report even notes that she’s trans. In fact, after the first paragraph, they follow the sensible rule for avoiding shitty trans coverage tropes: if it’s irrelevant to the story, don’t bring it up. But that fact, her trans status without more, appears in the headline and first paragraph, perhaps for no reason other than clickbait, or because while the style guidelines say that trans women are women, some reporter or editor couldn’t bring themselves to apply that without an implied asterisk. At least after mentioning it they left it alone, so that’s progress because the bar of better-than-usual is pretty low.
I’ve said before that the only way kink-abuse cases get prosecuted is if there is hospitalization or video; reading between the lines, I think we’ll find out that video evidence was seized.
There are screeds coming. In the course of this, as more facts develop, I expect I’ll write about the slave register site and the positioning of 24/7 and TPE within BDSM communities and spaces, like I do. I expect I’ll write about the application of trafficking laws to situations where people are literally not free to leave. I expect I’ll write about press coverage of her trans status, though I hope I don’t; maybe if it’s not relevant as the story develops, they could just leave it alone? Perhaps, but I doubt it. All these conversations will wait until the factual record is more developed.
I’d rather not write about this. It’s not exactly fun. I’d rather not, but the things I expect I’ll say, I’m not counting on anyone else to say. So I will.