Arizona Church Busted For Being A Brothel

September 19, 2011 by  
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If my church were like this, I think I’d be a lot more religious…

During a Wednesday search of the Phoenix temple and two church-related sites in nearby Sedona, police seized evidence showing that “male and female ‘practitioners’ working a t the Temple were performing sexual acts in exchange for monetary ‘donations,’ all on the pretense of providing ‘neo tantric’ healing therapies,” Phoenix police said.

The alleged brothel generated tens of thousands of dollars a month, Martos told CNN.

A history of neighbor complaints, a recent Phoenix newspaper article, and the temple’s website were among the factors prompting authorities to conduct the undercover investigation, Martos said.

“What’s unusual is that they were trying to hide behind religion or church, and under the guise of religious freedom, they were committing acts of prostitution,” Martos said.

“We certainly respect First Amendment rights. However, religious freedom does not allow for criminal acts,” Martos said.

Regarding the Goddess Temple’s website, he said: “What they would talk about would seem to be religion. At the same time, they were implying or intimating that they were giving sex therapy.”

The website says at one point: “Sex is a holy, sacred and divine healing force at the core (of) our beings. Once we embrace this force instead of deny it, we become successful, happy and powerful manifestors.”

The website also features unclothed women, listed as residing in several states, under a “Goddesses” section.

The investigation focused on the alleged crimes, said acting Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery added in a statement: “Freedom of religion does not allow individuals to trade sex for money, no matter how the transaction is portrayed.”

The alleged madam, Tracy Elise, who is in her 50s, was arrested and charged with prostitution, illegal control of an enterprise, pandering, and operating a house of prostitution, police said.

Let me get this straight… lots of sex, none of the guilt, and tons of tax breaks?  Move this church to Nevada and sign me up!  LoL

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2 Responses to “Arizona Church Busted For Being A Brothel”
  1. i went to a nun school but she was not hand on

  2. Rick says:

    Hi Barry, thanks for being the first peorsn to comment on this site lol and a hilarious one too. Cheers!As I always say, you don’t have to learn everything they say or do everything they do but pick the points that work for you.Hope it helps.JB

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