'Svengali Sex Slave' Case Heads for Supreme Court

Web porn trafficker claims mutilation of woman was consensual
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2009 4:34 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear a case involving a sex trafficker, nicknamed the "S&M Svengali," who whipped and mutilated a "sex slave" and then posted photos of it on his for-profit website. Glenn Marcus claims that the acts were consensual, but the woman testified she felt like a prisoner and was manipulated into the situation. Marcus was sentenced to 9 years, but his conviction was overturned on appeal because of errors by the lower court.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Marcus' conviction because the lower court relied on a law that was not yet passed when the offenses took place. Justice Sonia Sotomayor sat on that court before her recent elevation, and she is expected to sit out the hearing, to be held early next year.