Arizona church is house of prostitution, police say
A church in Arizona, called the Phoenix Goddess Temple, has been accused of being a house of prostitution.
September 10th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Arizona church is house of prostitution, police say

By Michael Martinez, CNN

(CNN) - A church called the Phoenix Goddess Temple has been accused of being a house of prostitution, and a six-month undercover investigation has resulted in the arrests of 20 women and men who worked there, Phoenix police said Friday.

Authorities are still searching for 17 more people - all of whom have been indicted - in connection with the prostitution enterprise, said Sgt. Steve Martos, a Phoenix police spokesman. The 20 people arrested so far have been charged with prostitution or other offenses, police said.

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 at 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.

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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. danielwalldammit

    Hm, that might be a church worth going to.

    April 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  2. Spiritual Healing

    WE should all be thankful our life is blessed with far more than so many people in the world and stop the bickering. http://christiannetworksite.com

    March 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
    • The Obama Christian Church Worldwide Campaign

      This is the reason why we worship and praise our good christian president Obama and that Obama will be Lord of the world on October 21st of this year. We need to use Obama to restore the traditional dictates of our good Word Of God or the Bible. The Obama Administration will help us christians restore the good morals of christianity which is good. We need to learn the gospels of Obama and Christ to restore the good morals of the world.

      April 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  3. George

    Wow, the ignorance here is truly amazing – on both sides. Both Christians and Athiests are expressing ideas and philosophies based on a complete ignorance of theology. Christians are ignorant mostly because Western Christianity is corrupt, and it teaches ignorance and arrogance. Athiests are ignorant because they have no real idea what the bible truly says. Both sides quoting scriptures out of context and without even a slight knowlege of hermeneutics. I guess the Athiest gets a pass – why would they take the time to study a book that they consider utter nonsense? The Christian gets no pass, because you should personally know what you believe, yet are too lazy to do some true study. Jesus has become a caricature, a cartoon – because we (Christians) have painted him that way. We are afraid of unbelief, so we question nothing. It is so much easier to let megachurch pastors and TV personalities tell us what truth is. A dose of doubt may be just what the Great Physician ordered. God ain't afraid of our doubts or our questions. Our pastors are very much afraid, though, because this culture of ignorance has been going on a long time. Why upset the Christian (or Athiest) apple cart with some genuine discussion and study?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  4. Supa

    It's just typical insensitivity for CNN to call this a church, ESPECIALLY when they call themselves a TEMPLE. How come CNN didn't call it a mosque? You know why, because CNN would receive bomb threats immediately.
    C'mon CNN, can't you give Christians at least half the respect you show to Muslims!

    September 22, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  5. Alan


    Churches are Christian. Why you would call Goddess Temple a church is beyond me, it's just as bizarre and inaccurate as calling it a mosque or a synagogue.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  6. David Johnson

    I guess it would be wrong to speak about Jesus' second cu_mming here?


    September 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  7. Hee HeeHee

    The truth is not bound by an associative word or a language that a person might hold over another.
    Don"t frustrate yourself over the word, "church".

    September 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  8. Monty

    I find it truely sad how people assume church means christian and associate this pagan church with the christian church as a chance to try and bash christians in anyway they can. But you know America as a nation does the same thing. We associate musliums with terrorist. I wish the world would just stop being so quick to judge people because judging others just gets ourselves into trouble

    September 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • David Johnson


      No one wants to bash Christians. Love the idots, hate the stupidity. The Muslims tend to choose to act violently, when other options are possible. We tend to judge people on their actions.


      September 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
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