Preotesele prostituției

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Phoenix Goddess Temple leader’s trial winding to an end

The long-running case of Tracy Elise, leader of the Phoenix Goddess Temple, appears to be winding toward an end in Maricopa County Superior Court more than four years after she was charged.

The long-running case of Tracy Elise, leader of the Phoenix Goddess Temple, appears to be winding toward an end in Maricopa County Superior Court more than four years after she was charged.

Closing arguments were set for Thursday morning.

The prosecution has argued the Phoenix Goddess Temple was a brothel disguising itself as a church.

Elise, who is representing herself, is charged with numerous counts including pandering, money laundering, illegal control of an enterprise and prostitution.

UPDATE: What “priestess” from Phoenix Goddess Temple said in court Thursday.

Phoenix police raided the Goddess Temple in 2011 after a grand jury indicted several members on charges of illegal control of enterprise, maintaining a house of prostitution and receiving the earnings of a prostitute.

On Wednesday, wearing a floor-length purple skirt and a jewel bindi on her forehead, Elise answered questions and follow-up questions from members of the jury, defense and prosecution.

The Phoenix Goddess Temple began operating out of a residence in Scottsdale in 2008 before moving to a new location after neighbors complained and police made inquiries into church activities. In 2010, the temple settled in Phoenix, touting itself as a “neo-Tantra Temple” offering spiritual and touch-based healing services in exchange for donations.

Some of these healing services included sexual gratification, prosecutors said.

Edward Leiter, a deputy Maricopa County attorney, presented evidence Wednesday suggesting that if men interested in visiting in the temple for a session — individuals known as seekers — knew the language of the church, they could receive sexual acts from healing practitioners, referred to as goddesses.

Leiter displayed a document on a projector showing a menu of services, including a sentence that said a goddess would physically assist a seeker in discovering how to achieve different kinds of sexual gratification.

These services came with suggested donation amounts ranging from around $200 to more than $600.

Elise, in her testimony, said that a goddess would “not necessarily” perform those acts, depending on the feeling he or she got from the seeker.

Members of the jury and prosecutors questioned Elise about ads for “sessions” with temple goddesses on adult-service websites such as erosguide.com and backpage.com.

Elise told the court that women were encouraged to post ads offering sessions as a way to bring more seekers to the temple. Elise said these ads were a “stream of natural energy.”

If women did not keep up their ads, the temple would pay for them from temple “tithes.”

When Leiter asked Elise if touching the genitals was a sacred practice for her faith, she replied with a definitive yes.

Elise described other temple practices, such as collecting the menstrual blood of temple members in “moon jars” and pouring it on trees and the ground to thank the earth in what Elise said was a pagan ritual.

 



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