Sex Trafficking

Pulp Fiction, Pope Francis Figured In Case of Alleged Foot Fetishist Charged With Child Sex-Trafficking

The Wisconsin case centered on whether paying to kiss teen's foot was a "commercial sex act."

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Is paying a 16-year-old boy to kiss his feet the same thing as forcing children into prostitution? For those connected to reality, the answer should be a pretty obvious no. But for government officials devoted to the idea that America is gripped by an epidemic of sex-trafficking, reality increasingly takes a back seat to upholding the narrative.

Case in point: Wisconsin prosecutors recently charged 46-year-old retail manager Kevin Long with sexual trafficking of a child—a Class C felony that could come with up to 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine—after he admitted to offering to pay two teen boys, ages 16 and 17, to kiss or lick their feet. The 16-year-old agreed to Long's proposition, but the 17-year-old said no, after which Long apologized and took him shoe-shopping, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The case centered on whether Long's request could rightfully be characterized as a "commercial sex act."

In 2015, the Wisconsin legislature amended state law to include "transporting," "patronizing," and "soliciting" someone under 18 for "a commercial sex act" to the list of actions that constitute child sex-trafficking. Previously, the state's criminal code defined child sex-trafficking as "knowingly recruiting, enticing, providing, or harboring any child for the purpose of a commercial sex act, or knowingly attempting to do so."

Long's attorney, Ray Dall'Osto, argued "that the complaint alleged no facts that would suggest the crime [of child sex trafficking] was committed," the Sentinel reported. "There was no sexual touching, no exposure or even discussion of genitals, he said." But the prosecution portrayed this as absurd, arguing that there could clearly be no reason for Long's activities but sexual gratification and that Long had a foot fetish.

At a preliminary hearing in August, court commissioner Barry Phillips was sympathetic to the state's argument that feet-touching and kissing is inherently sexual, saying that one of the first things that came to mind when he heard the case was a scene in the film Pulp Fiction. "Doesn't someone get thrown out a window for giving someone else's wife a foot massage?" asked Phillips.

But the defense contended that feet-kissing could also have religious connotations, citing the Bible and, as a more recent example, Pope Francis.

Ultimately, Long accepted a plea offer from the state, copping to one count of pandering and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, all misdemeanors. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner gave Long a suspended sentence of three years probation.

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  1. Long’s attorney, Ray Dall’Osto, argued “that the complaint alleged no facts that would suggest the crime [of child sex trafficking] was committed,” the Sentinel reported. “There was no sexual touching, no exposure or even discussion of genitals, he said.” But the prosecution portrayed this as absurd, arguing that there could clearly be no reason for Long’s activities but sexual gratification and that Long had a foot fetish.

    Good on this attorney for not having a de-feet-ist attitude. That’s how you win.

    1. Get. The. Fuck. Out.

    2. You need to toe the line on bad puns.

    3. Christ, what a heel.

    4. The moral majority is and will always be the arch nemesis of the foot fetishist.

  2. “The truth is, nobody knows why Marsellus tossed Tony Rocky Horror out of that window except Marsellus and Tony Rocky Horror.”

  3. Unless somebody was chained and shackled in a cargo container, there was no trafficking.

    I don’t care if the guy got a boner or not. I don’t care if he came all over that kid’s face (although that would definitely be a separate crime). It’s not fucking trafficking.

  4. “There was no sexual touching, no exposure or even discussion of genitals,[“] he said. But the prosecution portrayed this as absurd, arguing that there could clearly be no reason for Long’s activities but sexual gratification and that Long had a foot fetish.

    Not included in the complaint. “Fetish is defined as…”

    Pleb.

    1. So just to be clear: If licking an ice cream cone caused me to become aroused, and I did so in front of children, even if I were sitting down and my arousal wasn’t visible, that would constitute child sex trafficking? This seems, problematic.

      1. That depends. Are you wearing your tight gym shorts?

        1. NOBODY CAN TELL!

          And I only wore those to hot yoga the first time. Before I realized they meant the temperature in the room was like doing yoga outside in the summer in Florida.

  5. This goes back to the fundamental problem that was created by making possession, rather than just production, of child porn a crime; sex with children is now a thought crime in addition to a physical crime. Licking someone’s feet is not sex. And by the standards of statutory rape and indecent acts, it is not a crime no matter how old the person doing it is. What makes it a crime here is the fact that the person whose feet are being licked gets off on it. The reason why this is a crime and say someone’s teen age daughter rubbing their sore feet is not, is strictly because of the mental state of the person on the receiving end. And that is just like child porn a thought crime. We have made it a crime to be sexually attracted to anyone under the age of 18. That is not a good precedent to set in law and is not going to end well.

    1. > sex with children is now a thought crime in addition to a physical crime.

      This is indeed scary. I know someone who wrote his own autobiography and wrote about an affair he had with this girl when he was in teens. The publisher refused to add that to book as they thought this might be seen as admission to child sex.

  6. Everybody just stop touching each other. WTF is wrong with you?

  7. The 16-year-old agreed to Long’s proposition, but the 17-year-old said no, after which Long apologized and took him shoe-shopping…

    The real story is whether they were New Balances and if so, were they burned.

  8. Ultimately, Long accepted a plea offer from the state, copping to one count of pandering and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, all misdemeanors. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner gave Long a suspended sentence of three years probation.

    Why is it pandering and not solicitation? Am I missing something? Was it the shoe shopping?

    1. Wouldn’t be fun serving time with the nickname, “Foot Long”.

  9. copping to one count of pandering

    Now if only we could get those politicians…

  10. The 16-year-old agreed to Long’s proposition, but the 17-year-old said no, after which Long apologized and took him shoe-shopping

    Class act.

    1. I keep trying to take women who won’t let me touch their breasts bra shopping and they just call me a pervert.

  11. I wonder if the prosecutor realized the case stinks when he first tried to shoehorn the facts of the case to fit the existing anti-child sex-trafficking laws.

    I also wonder if the accused is an arch conservative and that’s the reason the Wisconsin authorities decided they would dog his every step.

  12. *narrows gaze at everyone in here, stomps off in a huff*

    1. Voting with your feet I see?

  13. I don’t get the feet-thing.

    Put some shoes on, you deplorable hillbilly.

  14. Did he enjoy it? Then he should be locked up. You can only take joy in the Lord. All other gratification is sinful and must be punished.

    1. Only exception is you should take joy in paying taxes.

  15. “after which Long apologized and took him shoe-shopping”

    Lol. I’m gonna see those damn feet one way or another.

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