Just because behavior is deviant and offends “whitebread” folk does not necessarily make it illegal.
In your list only force feeding drugs would be clearly illegal in a voluntary S&M/B&D relationship.
For the innocent of heart — bondage and imprisonment are common part of the S&M/B&D role-playing. However sessions longer than a weekend are unusual for people with jobs or family. Lack of “safewords” would be stupid too.
Neither brandings or tattoos are illegal even if the pain makes you cry. Getting drunk/high before such processes is extremely common.
Being held down… is something not uncommon for branding since movement smears the result.
Prosecution will need to show “victims” could never have given prior agreement — if not continually high, then mentally incompetent due to temporary insanity.
Regret and repentance by former members does not make them “victims”… especially 10 year members who clearly could have left at anytime. Absolutely no one claims imprisonment for months at a time. But lots of regretful people do like to blame others for their decisions.
How can it be blackmail when you begged to give them the materials [collateral] so you can join?
Keeping materials? Well tons of celebrity signed away nude photo rights early in life then regretted it.
It’s not even clear whether anyone filed legal writs to attempt to get materials returned. I suspect not.
None of the material taken has been revenge posted. Its much more likely to be leaked by federal court system. FFOA or something.
But take heart. Clearly Mack and associates will burn. Juries can convict due to outrage alone regardless of laws actually broken – just as easily they can nullify laws.
Ain’t Democracy great?