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November 25, 2012 12:00 AM

Missouri sex slave case may hinge on expert view of subculture

Do the norms of a sadomasochistic erotic subculture even matter in a case of alleged sex trafficking? That question probably will be answered after a hearing Thursday at which lawyers will argue the relevance of such evidence at the trial early next year of Edward and Marilyn Bagley. The Lebanon, Mo., couple are accused of sex trafficking a young woman.

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