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Kenneth Ng, Professor Who Started Thai Sex Tourism Website, Defends Himself In Editorial

10/11/2010 12:30 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kenneth Ng, the Cal-State Northridge professor infamous for starting a website called Big Baby Kenny, claims his site was never "about or promoting 'sex tourism.'"

Ng effectively shut down the site in April after a slough of negative publicity. "Unfortunately what happened with BigBabyKenny.com is the press got going and implicated me with human trafficking, pedophilia and prostitution," he told the Los Angeles Daily News.

But in a recent editorial Cal State-Northridge's student paper, the Daily Sundial, Ng took the time to defend the purpose of his site:

Anyone reading BigBabyKenny.com, got an eye-opening education about what it really means to be a woman in a country and culture where not only do most women start off life poor but where most of the normal paths to upward economic and social mobility are blocked by age-old laws, customs, values, and government interference in the free market.

He wrote that his site was nothing more than an cultural exploration of another culture: "Read 'Sense and Sensibility' for a look at women's lives in Victorian England. Read BigBabyKenny.com for a look at women's lives in poor Asian countries."

HuffPost blogger Angus Johnston has a different take on Ng's extracurricular activity. As he describes Big Baby Kenny:

Let's say you gave your readers advice on how get Thai prostitutes to reduce their rates, and suggestions about how to convince them to let you have unprotected sex. Let's say you offered tips on how to approach "emotionally vulnerable girls," including "bruised up girls mired in abusive relationships," and imagined "good hearted ... hard bodied exquisitely breasted and nippled" young women ending up "black eyed, bruised up, and beaten" by their pimps as a result of your advice.

Cal State officials originally held that Ng was free to run the site. "Until we find representative evidence that it infringes upon the work he does at the university itself, there's not much we can do about it," provost Harold Hellenbrand told Inside Higher Ed in April. But after the Los Angeles Daily News article was published, the school was inundated with e-mails and calls from angry parents, students and university employees. Ng and the university eventually came to an agreement that the site "tarnished the university's image" and Ng shut down the site.

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