The Get with Morgan Fogarty: Sallie Saxon Part 2
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was November 2007, and Sallie Saxon’s time as the SouthPark Madame, the owner and operator of the infamous HushHush.com, the largest internet ring prostitution ring in the US, was up.
She pleaded guilty to two charges. A judge sentenced her to two years in federal prison.
Saxon says she had 2,000 men as clients. A handful were charged in connection to the case. Two of the men had their charges dropped. Now, in the midst of the #MeToo movement, WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty asked Sallie, “Would it be different? Would people looking for the men to be held as accountable as you were?” Saxon replied, “I think women would be looking to make them accountable. But would men want them to be accountable? Other men? From where I’ve been, I can’t really answer that, but probably I don’t feel like they would.”
Saxon speaks warily about men. She will not be alone with a man who is not her husband. She will only talk to ladies’ church groups, like she did in January at First Baptist Church of Matthews. Fogarty asked, “What is it about the dynamic of having men in the audience that makes you uncomfortable?” Saxon replied, “Because I know what they’re like. I don’t want them to go the wrong direction with it, like with my profession I was in, to entice them.”
In 2008, Fogarty interviewed Sallie’s husband Don, before he went to prison for his role in helping run the prostitution ring. She asked him then about the client list, saying, “Are there elected officials on this list?” Don answered, “I won’t answer that. There are people on that list that if you said their names, everybody would know who they are. You would just know who they are. They’re people you wouldn’t expect.”
A decade later, the names on the list have still not been revealed.
Fogarty asked Saxon, “Does a list still exist?” Saxon replied, “You know what, if I told you it doesn’t exist, no one is gonna believe me if I say it doesn’t exist. It’s gone. I destroyed it. It’ll, I guess, just take time.” Fogarty repeated, “It is gone, it’s gone? Destroyed?” Saxon responded, “It’s destroyed. Why would I want it?” She continued, “I’m still concerned, sometimes about the clients.” Fogarty asked, “That they might come to intimidate you? To threaten you?” Saxon responded, “You know, what am I gonna say about them? Will I give out their names? Everyone wants names. And I’ll never do that.” That is the only question Sallie Saxon won’t answer.
She’s talked with about half a dozen ladies church groups so far. Talking about what happened in Charlotte is therapeutic. Living here, where she was born, raised and ran her business, is trickier.
There are places in Charlotte Sallie Saxon refuses to go back to. She reveals them here and breaks her silence about the person who turned her in to the feds.