Sex therapy is a relatively new field. Until the 1960s, sexual dysfunctions were generally treated with psychoanalysis. The pioneers of modern sex therapy, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, began doing laboratory observations at Washington University in St. Louis in 1957. They studied things like vaginal lubrication and orgasm, and established the "four stages of sexual response" (excitement, plateau, orgasm, resolution). Their early work advocated therapists as sex surrogates, a technique now shunned in licensed sex therapy.

Subjects commonly addressed in sex therapy include premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, sexual trauma, and intimacy issues between couples. Common techniques include cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, and sensual exercise homework for couples. Phoenix Goddess Temple addresses some of the same issues and uses some of the same methods but also incorporates "magnetic energy healing" and "sacred water ceremonies," both of which involve sex acts for monetary donations.

Licensed psychologists interviewed for this story won't definitively say sex therapy works, let alone validate alternative methods. But what they hear is happening at the temple scares them, they say.

"Goddesses" gather in one of the temple's rooms.
Jamie Peachey
"Goddesses" gather in one of the temple's rooms.
Temple founder Tracy Elise and "touch healer" Wayne Clayton
Jamie Peachey
Temple founder Tracy Elise and "touch healer" Wayne Clayton

"[Sex therapy] works for my patients, but it all depends on people's motivation," says Dr. Marcus Earle, a licensed sex therapist in Scotts­dale. "Sometimes, outcomes can be equally effective not doing therapy as doing therapy. There's a chance that going someplace like the temple might be helpful for some people. On the concern side, not having people who are trained to walk people through difficult things in their lives could make things more difficult."

Licensed sex therapists are certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). To be certified, a person must have a master's degree in some area of psychology and a minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice. There are currently about 500 sex therapists in the United States certified through AASECT, including no one at Phoenix Goddess Temple.

But despite treating some of the same issues, nobody at the temple claims to be a "sex therapist." Rather, they are "touch healers" who facilitate spiritual and emotional releases through sexual practices, and accept monetary "donations" for their services.

Whether or not temple practices have any therapeutic benefit, beyond facilitating orgasms, is debatable but highly unlikely. Clients and practitioners claim "energy healing" works, but there have been no empirical studies. "It sounds kind of hokey," says Phoenix psychologist Martin Keller, a diplomate of both the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Board of Sexology.

"If they're doing sex therapy, sex counseling, or even sex education, they need to be a licensed mental-health provider." He says the alternative "trauma healing" techniques like those described at Phoenix Goddess Temple "sound scary. I see it as dangerous."

And in the eyes of the law, taking money for sex acts — even under the guise of "sacred healing" — is prostitution.

"If these places operate in such a way that I go there and pay money and then a tantric healer touches my genitals, that could be considered prostitution," says James Hays, assistant city attorney for Phoenix. "If I have to pay $60 or whatever to go to a class and, at the end, she rubs my genitals and tells me it's helping my life force or whatever, I've really got to question that."

There's a history of sacred sex temples throughout the world and about a dozen modern versions in the United States. In the past two years, at least three of them have been raided on suspicion of prostitution. Phoenix Goddess Temple was investigated for city code violations, including inadequate parking, in 2009 but has not been charged with prostitution.

Hays worked in adult-business regulations for more than a decade and remembers sting operations on massage parlors in Phoenix in the 1990s, and the prices for services at the time, which ranged from $60 for a handjob to $200 for intercourse. Phoenix Goddess Temple's suggested donations of anywhere from $200 to $650 for their services may seem high in comparison, but Hays has an explanation.

"They're skating on thin ice, so they need to make money to hire a lawyer when the house of cards comes tumbling down."


Phoenix Goddess Temple looks like a New Age resort. The hallways are painted an earthy copper shade and adorned with paintings by Sedona artist Paul LaWrence Curtis depicting scantily clad women playing with fire. Statues and tinkling fountains loom around the corners.

There are two floors and eight rooms called "transformation chambers," each decorated in a different theme, including the "Judeo-Christian room" (all white with paintings of Jesus), the "Egyptian room" (black and gold), and a blue "water chamber" featuring a big bathtub. Every room includes a massage table (which they call an "altar of light"), as well as a bed (called the "grand altar").

There's a euphemism for everything in temple-speak. There are no johns, but "seekers." No sex, only "sacred union." There are no handjobs, only "tantric touch." No payment is accepted, but hefty "donations" are expected. There are no hookers, just "goddesses." They don't work with penises, but "wands of light."

Phoenix Goddess Temple bases its practices on the Hindu concept of chakras, powerful energy centers believed to permeate from points on the physical body. The system as employed in the West names seven chakras, each associated with a color.

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LetHerBe
LetHerBe

The metaphorical symbol she (Tracy Elise) has become with a million dollar bail and in jail for months now-she as the media portrays -is standing now for all that is wrong and hateful towards women-dis-counting her faith-the media slanders her with words that DIS honor and hate

Ironically-   she was" fighting against these issues" by trying to practice her religion that taught women were to be honored and how to love with the heart thru tantra

The world loves to label with hate and make a big story scapegoating a woman who has strong faith and convictions for what she believes in-

The world disagrees and hates -shame bases her faith with labels and hates

 yet it continues to view porn -rape and allow real prostitution everywhere

 and even children being objectified even-sick sick world- criminalizing someone who loves and puts others first -not money-teaching others was spiritual and she is SMART -does believe in her faith or she would not have been in heavy debt trying to keep her temple afloat-NO she did not have riches and seek them-

She is loved by her family and friends and is being PERSECUTED by the jails and huge trumped up charges against her

Why? She has no criminal record and I have known her my whole life to be a  GOOD person through and through-not a whore-slut-etc. Sick world hates and perpetuates hating!

rahasya
rahasya

A very expensive six month undercover operation using the world's first specially trained anti-tantra task force failed to do more than make a donation to a church, seduce a choir girl, and accuse the pope of running a prostitution racket.

News updates:

Several plea bargains have been forced by nasty jail conditions and ridiculous bail.

Bill Montgomery failed in a hearing 30 Nov to have all mention of healing, spirituality and religious practice banned from Tracy Elise's trial.

Charges against the Sedona Temple have been withdrawn.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

you all have gone religiously fundamental. cant you see the third reich coming?

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

what i'm getting at is that if the word prostitute truly exists, it really means someone who is sexually active and trying to ruin the sex life of others by controlling their right to sexual freedom of choice.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

if we want to throw around childish labels debatively and politically without agression, the real problem is anarchist cops and legalized female prostitutes in the institution of marriage who ruin it for free women. women such as BACHMANN can get away with all the secretive sex she wants while ruining the lives of other sexual women. I call that prostitution. LEGALLY. just look at the sexlife of PALIN as proof. http://www.aclu.org

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

this article sucks. what ever faggot wrote this must be a closet pedophile NAZI cop

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

this is disgusting. is the writer actually calling women who are sexually free, prostitutes? if so, it violates the AMERICAN belief in FREEDOM for all. the real problem cannot be labelled in such a derogatory way. Its those men and women who sexually discriminate in the name of religion.

Douchebag
Douchebag

I hope Wayne enjoys his plea bargin!

Garymoore1985
Garymoore1985

Consensual prostitution of any kind involving 2 or more people who are at least 18 is no threat to anybody.

Garymoore1985
Garymoore1985

Why is everybdoy so fearful of legalizing prostitution?

Iamfree2befree
Iamfree2befree

I would clarify, classes at the Temple were beneficial for many, including myself and my partner. It is true that the New Times carries ads for many sexually-oriented services and Sex Call/Chat lines.... There is a need for real education of how to heal the imbalances we Americans suffer in a culture that promotes fear and repression around sexuality (in institutions of church and schools) while having it on tabloids and so readily available in a dishonorable way... There is a need for good information on how to improve people's sex lives without causing harm. Bless all people who seek and teach Truth! The Phx Goddess Temple didn't hurt anyone by forcing anything. They served a need in the community and shutting it down is, perhaps, a case of "throwing the baby out with the bath water!" :)

tmastery
tmastery

The session mentioned above is clearly identical to the session provided in massage parlor that offer hand job as part of the massage service. Massage parlor that offered these type of service is considered a brothel so the same also apply to the Goddess Temple.

http://www.self-help-sexuality...

tmastery
tmastery

The session mentioned above is clearly identical to the session provided in massage parlor that offer hand job as part of the massage service. Massage parlor that offered these type of service is considered a brothel so the same also apply to the Goddess Temple.

http://www.self-help-sexuality...

NewtimesSucksAss
NewtimesSucksAss

What is really ironic here is that the Newtimes would actually call the temple to solicit the Temple to place ads in the Newtimes. What even more ironic is that if you pick up a New Times, you will find the last 4-5 pages to be that of Escort Ads. Really New Times? Your a scummy news organization

Benzaa9
Benzaa9

Touch Works and it is healing when it is done gently anywhere on the body. When you are skilled at scared touch and massage in whatever modality, you can heal others. It's that simple. Taken out of the business context, scared Tantra is real, it has been around for a long time. Tantra can be very transforming and long lasting. I have experienced it myself and when I reflect back on that experience, it motivates me to be creative with my spirit. Light, bliss and love comes, what more can I ask for? I feel blessed by Great Mystery and loved by Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grand Father Sun and Grand Mother Moon. Namaste Om Sat Tat

Xshaun75
Xshaun75

touch is healing, all human beings have right to experience this or anything on this world.

len
len

It's prostitution plain and simple. Should be shut down. Disgusting.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@LetHerBe Kaka. The woman abandoned her husband and three kids. When guys do it, you don't write paeans to their spirituality, you vilify them. Equal means equal, so be equally judgmental.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@joeyfirst2012 You must have made the scene back in the Sixties, man, because your brains are oozing out of the side of your head.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

i'm just joking. it simply sounds like youre too catholic.

relapse808
relapse808

this couldnt be more far from incorrect.  Married person sleeps with whore, gets herpes or other std.  Person goes home to wife and give her said infection.  Now we have a victim folks!

Geolte
Geolte

I'm a certified body worker in Northern Thailand massage and I agree about sexual choices between consenting adults. I'm not a prostitute nor do I perform a sexual act during a massage. However I am a compassionate being and depending on the concent of the receipent, I will help them have a physical orgasm at the end of the massage. I see nothing wrong with releaving sexual tension under such circumstances. It really depends on the sexual energy of the root chakra. I know about Tantra practice and sexual energy direction. If you can't move it to a hgher level of awarness, you need to have an orgasm. So be it.

Iamfree2befree
Iamfree2befree

You have a point. What's the core fear?? As ;long as providers get licensed and pay taxes.... Is that called an escort???

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

 becaus eit gives hackers and married women more power to make them. just watch GLENN CLOSE in FATAL ATTRACTION

Buggnessa
Buggnessa

Just because you don't "believe" in their religion doesn't mean that you should be the judge or persecute them for what they believe in. They are trying to help people. Unlike our own judicial system who is on the money train, always stealing from the poor.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

You want to shut down a church because in your expert opinion it is prostitution and prostitution is disgusting? What about the Catholic Church which allows pedophile priests to be transferred from one parish to another so they won't be prosecuted... isn't that disgusting? Shouldn't we shut down the Catholic Church because it is nothing more than a large group of child molesters and their coddlers who collect money from unsuspecting parents and spend that money on what? And what about the cannibalism, blood drinking ceremonies that they conduct? Eating the body and drinking the blood of anyone - even if it is only pretend- is pretty vile, I think. Personally I think that is far more 'disgusting' than sexual healing. Of course, if you think sex is disgusting, then you will believe that sexual healing is disgusting. You need to get a life. Leave consenting adults alone.

Relapse808
Relapse808

Thats not the issue I have with them. They are hooker ans should call themselves that. Watch their movie and you we see they dont know any kind of special sexual moves or talents. Couldnt help but to laugh because the sex was so pathetic.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

 what were trying to legalize is sexual freedom and healing, not wives and husbands who decide to prostitute other men and women.

Relapse808
Relapse808

Who gives a rat ass about your arguement. You must be a whore as well. Its the only reason you would stick up for such filth. Not really a issue as they have now been busted and lost their lease to their temple. God Bless America

len
len

Hey, moron I'm not Catholic so what's your problem there? You are delusion and psychotic beyond help! Just where is your proof of any cannibalism, blood drinking ceremonies, etc that you claim goes on in the Catholic Church? Liar! Pedophiles, yes after Vatican II thanks to you liberal scum that forced the church to start accepting gay men as priests. Guess what, the victims are boys not girls, right? And those priests are being prosecuted because they actions are already deemed unlawful and criminal not to mention they comprise less than 1 percent of all priests in the world. Hardly any comparison to scum like yourself openly soliciting and engaging in prostitution under the guise of "religious" practices. Just another excuse for a bunch of perverts to get together and hide behind religious freedom in order to make money and pervert themselves.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

what more needs to be said? theyre just a RIGHT WING tactic trying to do the same thing also.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

theyre stil trying to create imbalance in america by using a capitalist revolution to command a socialist one to rise up. face it, neo nazis dont have balls, they have brawn and very small brains.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

face it, we all know by now that neo nazis are in love with the third reich. i wont get into it but i do know its a capitalist problem now not a socialist one.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

you know god punishes people who use alot of derogatory words like ho and prostitute. i would watch it. if I called you a prostitute, its only because you treat americans like freedom is non existant.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

its as if people think the flag represents nothing. look, the first americam revolution was supposed to be about a balance between socialism communism and capitalism. why do i get a feeling some anarchists in the NRA or republican institution ripped us all off?

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

you get what im saying, satan. har har har har har. we need you to keep us protected in the name of GOD, not ruin our freedom.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

TRACY ELISE is a good satan fearing american who just wants to left alone. let her have her business back.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

it's almost as if people think a real AMERICAN REVOLUTION is going on. what do you want? no more communism? no more socialism? how about no more capitalism? ok, well just burn the flag right now in the name of IRAN to suit REPUBLICAN america. i'm sure they'll be more than willing to make an ignorant comment about such as we're communists. get a clue. the WHITE in your FLAG represents COMMUNISM.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

(persecution of) I hear the willie norton catholics crying out commie, we all know that COMMUNISM is not the problem, it is right wing communist warmongers.

joeyfirst2012
joeyfirst2012

prostitutution, as in the sexual or religious persecute others. THAT IS NOT TRACY ELISE. you REPUBLICAN conservatives have it all wrong and are just making economies more imbalanced in our society.

Relapse808
Relapse808

A goddess is a beautiful women with the upmost radiance in their life. You are more like a whore, taking money and then spreading your nasty ass legs. You have no clue what the hell a "goddess" is. Go make your 20 bucks on the street corner now.

thyrone
thyrone

so "goddess" worshippers have rights in your eyes but god worshippers don't. and you say you are an atheist ex-hooker but defend religion only if it's run buy women. but anyone else practicing any rituals or rites for a god is ignorant, a moron, scum, etc. really pathetic and dangerous hypocrisy you live by. and by the way this is a public forum and anyone can post so i posted my opinion. deal with it. if you don't want opinions then don't post on public forums. and only ignorant people call other people names when they disagree with them. that's a sign of complete ignorance and illegitimacy. people like you add nothing to the world. by the way those goddess you worship haven't done you much good now have they? you are still ugly, still broke and still alone in spite of stooping to the lowest level of occupation and making your money illegally. hardly a success story.

thyrone
thyrone

so this is your argument FOR prostitution? with every word you reinforce my thinking and everyone else's which is why prostitution is and will continue to be illegal. good-bye to you, you are beyond help. i can only hope that if you have any kids that they don't follow in your footsteps. a real human tragedy is what you are. by the way, calling people "moron" in every post is what immature uneducated brats do. take a good look in the mirror honey, your are an over-the-hill homely hooker who never made it, apparently never even got a man out of it either. not anything to be proud of in anyone's eyes. this is not how anyone wants to see their daughter end up.

Bodacious9
Bodacious9

Love your passion and compassion in the matter. Kudos to you my dear, right on sister!

thyrone
thyrone

anybody can support themselves selling their body, there's nothing to be proud of there. i really want to cry for you. being an over the hill hooker has really got to suck. good luck to you because you will need it. jail sucks too by the way. and you can't get paid for what you do there.

thyrone
thyrone

how nice that you can call everyone else ignorant and call yourself educated. world knowledge? lol. i guess according to you if you let enough men do you, that makes you worldly. your bullshit is so deep it's disturbing. so you are a desperate over the hill hooker. wow, a great accomplishment in life. by the way i'm not the one touting what i do so i don't have to explain myself to you at all. however i will say that i am very well off and i made my money legally unlike you.

thyrone
thyrone

and this is an educated response? you are probably "retired" because you couldn't get anybody to pay you for sex anymore lol. that's the only reason someone like you would "retire".

thyrone
thyrone

lol and what do you call what you are doing? my religion is intolerant of people who are intolerant like you.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

Really? Is that why there are so many women who have put themselves through college by working in this business? And why would I want a man to support me anyway when I can support myself? You are so ignorant that it makes me want to cry for you. I feel bad that you must have such a miserable life that you think others must also be as miserable as you are. I really must stop picking on you. You are a pathetic individual who obviously knows nothing, and are incapable of learning. Have a nice life.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

As for missing my 'next john' unfortunately for me, I have been retired for 20 years now. Not because I wanted to retire, but because I am too high profile and did not want to expose my clients to police harassment. I mean when you point out the vast number of cops who extort prostitutes for sexual favors, they tend to dislike you. Sigh. Well, Dumba.s, you'd better get back under your toadstool- you are missing out on your worms.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

Which question did I not answer? I told you that I never called myself a healer, never attended that temple, never been to Phoenix, all of which you could have learned if you knew how to read. Since you don't, what can I say? By the way, as a call girl, I never worked on a corner... but then, I would not expect someone like you, lacking in world knowledge, to have any idea of what being a call girl is. I sure wish you folks would learn how to read. It would make life so much easier if you did. As for being credible, obviously some people think I am as I've been interviewed on thousands of radio and television shows, and have written many articles which were published in law journals, academic books etc. And what exactly have YOU done that gives YOU any credibility, other than show off your ignorance in public?

thyrone
thyrone

any well-educated woman would not be doing what you do so that is telling right there. a well-educated woman can provide for herself in a legitimate manner or is capable of at least finding a man to support her if she doesn't want to work. in short, a well-educated woman does not have to whack guys off and spread her legs in order to get by. no woman does what you do by choice unless she can't do anything else. period.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

BTW- as an atheist, I am an equal religion basher, finding all religions nothing but incubators for moral hypocrites and ignorant people like you. I don't have a problem with anyone who just lives what they believe and leaves everyone else alone. My mother was one such person. Unfortunately, there just aren't that many people like her who know that it is not their job to judge others, that's god's job. And if there is no god, it still isn't their job.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

All you have to do to find out "whoever I am" is google search my name. I have nothing to hide from anyone as I am not ashamed of what I did. The only regret I have is that I spent 10 years working for the LAPD before I got wise and became an honest prostitute. And evidently, like the other hypocrites who post here, you don't really believe that prostitution exploits women- you just find prostitution morally offensive. Which is fine- because I find hypocrisy morally offensive. The difference being that you want to use the law to impose your moral values on the rest of us while I just hope that there is a god who will punish those who are hypocrites. But since I know there is no god or goddess, I guess I will just have to settle for knowing that idiots like you must have no life whatsoever which is why you feel compelled to dictate what others may do with their.

thyrone
thyrone

ignorance is your specialty not mine. and where is the proof I asked form dimwit? avoiding my questions aren't you? yeah, i'll bet your very credible, anyone can give themselves phony titles. nice to see that you finally call yourself what you are, a prostitute, not some "healer" which is an insult to any religion. you better get to your corner sugar. you're missing out on your next john by wasting your time with me. nothing here but the truth.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

Dear Ignorant person, I mentioned previously that I never worked at this temple. I live in Los Angeles and worked solely as a call girl. Perhaps if you learned to read, you would have discovered this. I defended this church because there are people who do worship the goddess and this is a religion based on thousands of years of such worship long before the paternalistic religions came into practice. Sorry, but you are the one that has proven to be complete scum because you don't check your facts before you spout off your mouth. Either way, people who believe in the goddess worship have as much right to practice their religion as anyone else- particularly those who symbolically practice cannibalism and vampireism. You and your ignorant colleagues really do need to get a life and stay out of other people's business OR religion!

thyrone
thyrone

excuse me whoever you are but you are the one who has been stereotyping people and bashing religions in order to defend being a hooker and then conveniently use religion to support your seedy business. and now you say you are an atheist? so then it IS a brothel plain and simple since you can't have it both ways tweedy bird. just admit that you are a hooker and be done with it instead of lying to customers that whacking off is part of a "religious" practice. so it's out there, you are simply a hooker doing johns for the money and the spiritual aspect of it is completely false and nothing more than a front. you have proven yourself to be complete scum.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

I really must apologize to you and your colleague Tboe. My momma told me not to pick on people whose intellectual capacity was less than mine. I see through your various postings that you don't meet the threshold for me to engage in intellectual repartee, so I will cease picking on you both. Unfortunately I don't very often find individuals who do meet the standard, and I forget that people like you are just simply incapable of reason or logic. My bad!

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

Why are you not concerned about the emotional welfare of rape victims? There are between 400,000 and 500,000 untested rape kits out there which go untested because people like you haven't a clue about anything! And how about the victims of domestic violence and spousal abuse? No problem with that? Many wives out there are living horrible lives because they are married to men who beat them and diddle their children. Outlaw marriage to protect women from such abuse!

I am married, have been with my husband for 36 years, am madly in love with him and am now his caregiver as he became disabled 4 years ago. On the other hand, my aunt, a devout Christian, was married once, divorced and has lived alone and lonely for almost 70 years. I wonder who has the healthier relationship- you or me? My husband, by the way, was not my pimp, he knew what I did for a living (both when I worked for the LAPD, which he hated me working there as I was outside at night without a gun or a partner, and when I worked as a call girl. I am now 60, am also a writer and an artist... and my emotional state is just fine. You can view some of my television interviews on youtube by googling my name. I am out there. I don't hide from anyone. I have nothing to hide. I loved my work when I was a prostitute, and I was very good at giving people pleasure. It was a MUCH better job than what I did on the LAPD...

On the other hand, if I were you, I would have your sanity tested because you clearly haven't a clue about the reality of the lives of people YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW!

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

If you are an example of what your religion teaches, I thank god every day that I am an atheist!

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

Can you show me how talking about your ignorance is racist? I have no idea what race or nationality you are, but when a person denigrates another's religious beliefs, it isn't racism. I will grant you that I find all religions tedious and obnoxious, because 99% of the practitioners are like you and haven't a clue about anything beyond your religious dogma that you can't seem to get should not be allowed to pass laws just because YOU think you have the moral high ground. If you look down, I think you will find that you are standing on bovine excrement. It's the amount of that excrement that makes it seem like you are on 'higher ground."

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

I see that you cannot refute the Catholic cannibalism ritual, so you resort to other ignorant rants. I have been a sex worker rights activist for 29 years now, since I left the LAPD, and I am quite sure that I know far more real, live prostitutes than you do. And I write articles about sex work and sex workers for law and academic journals and I lecture at colleges and universities about these issues. So, exactly how many prostitutes have you known in your life? I can say that I know probably over 15,000 - closer to 20,000, and I assure you that our work is not degrading to us, not are we all diseased (3 to 5% of all STDs in this country from prostitutes- 75% from college age people and about 20% from non commercial one night stands, according to the Center for Disease Control), or are our human rights violated by our work but rather by the laws which make us criminals.Around the world, domestic servitude is the number 1 destination for victims of human trafficking, followed by sweat shops, agriculture etc. So, since you are concerned about human trafficking, may I expect to see you out there calling for an end to all domestic servitude and garment manufacturing?I find that ignorant people are the most insulting to women and men everywhere, and you, sir or madam, are about the most ignorant human I have encountered in quite some time.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

Okay so now I know that since you are not a mormon, you are just a moron. Are you aware of the consequences of prohibition of alcohol? Every single thing that you claim is involved with prostitution is in fact the result of its prohibition. And who the FU.K are YOUR to tell ANY other person that their life or work is degrading to them? These are all subjective arguments based not on facts, which clearly you don't get, but on someone else's biased opinion. Perhaps you might be aware that domestic violence and spousal abuse are quite prevalent in marriage, and that many married women are victims of such violence- so maybe we ought to consider banning marriage to stop the human rights violations? And speaking of statistics, do you know that there are between 400,000 to 500,000 untested rape kits in the US- where an actual victim of violence went to the police, had an invasive procedure done to obtain DNA and then- nothing. Why not? Because there are not sufficient resources available to pursue and prosecute actual rapists, as they are spent pursuing consenting adults engaging in consenting adult sex.Because there are far too many morons out there who haven't a clue about what a real victim is versus what your idiotic moral values says a victim is.I don't think you'd know a real statistic if it bit you on your dick. Morons are what degrades people of any religion or belief system. As a very well educated woman who was 32 when I became a prostitute, I find your obnoxious claims about who we are to be so patronizing and ignorant, but what can I expect from someone who wants to force their moral values down the throats of everyone else. No one "talked" me into my lifestyle- although when I was still working for the LAPD, I was offered $200 by two cops who wanted me to be the going away present for a retiring captain. I explained that if I was going to be a prostitute, the cops weren't going to be my pimps. Whatever else you are, you are surely beyond ignorant, and I hope that someday, you or someone you love is the victim of a real crime and the cops are too busy busting prostitutes and their clients to come to your rescue. As I said at the beginning, you need to get a life and leave consenting adults alone. When we need your help, we will call you. We promise. Oh, that's right- you don't care if we are victims or not, just send us to jail We are, after all, disgusting, right? You MORON!

len
len

The only person without a clue is you. You have no clue how destructive your life is to your own psyche, body and emotional welfare. Prostitutes rarely have healthy relationships and most end up miserable and alone unless they are able to find someone who doesn't mind having a wife-girlfriend who has sex with other men or can past their former occupations. Once jail time comes and it ultimately will, you will really regret you ever took this route as that can never be undone. Money isn't everything and it certainly isn't anything if you have to talk yourself into doing this for it. Good luck to you, you will need it.

Len
Len

Uh, I'm not mormon either, wrong again. I see that you like to put racist stereotypical labels on people don't you? Ignorant and hateful beyond belief. Keep the hypocrisy coming, with every word you reinforce why prostitution should be and is illegal. Are you aware of all the violence, drug use, human trafficking, disease, human rights violations associated with prostitution? Read some statistics before you keep posting your ignorance. Who on Earth ever talked you into this lifestyle? It's degrading to all women. You must have been abused as a child as most prostitutes have been. This is not the answer. 2/3 of prostitutes experience violence and more than half are raped, most of the rest of the undeveloped world will do anything to escape prostitution as it's seen as a last resort for uneducated and poor women, an occupation for women who have no choice and you sit here touting it like it's something to aspire to. You are really degrading and insulting to women and men everywhere.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

And I do not mean to suggest that all Mormons are ignorant, and neither are others who believe in zombie worship and faux cannibalism. It's just that so many out there who think they have a right to impose their moral values on the rest of us tend to be individuals like yourself- people without a clue.

Norma Jean Almodovar
Norma Jean Almodovar

I see- so you believe in aliens then- as for the Catholic Church, apparently you aren't aware that their rituals include the eating of christ's body and drinking his blood... which, as far as I know- is cannibalism, real or symbolic.And since you obviously don't have a clue that the goddess religions which predate all the current religions based on zomies and aliens, perhaps you ought to do your research on them before you spout off on thing of which you know not. Goddess religions not only worshiped female deities but it was required of all women to work as a temple prostitute before they were allowed to marry.And perhaps you are unaware of a number of mormons who ran brothels back when? Your Mormon Elders made a lot of money on the backs of prostitutes, particularly up in Butte (Montana) and also in Ogden- all the while painting themselves as upstanding citizens. You can do your own research because you sound like you are far too ignorant for me to be able to educate in the limited time I have available for schooling morons... opps, I mean Mormons. Oh, while you may think that the priests diddled only boys, the facts show that priests AND nuns diddled boys AND girls... and so have a number of other members of the clergy. Are you aware of the 5 Browns and their daddy who diddled all the girls (his daughters) as they grew up? I am sure that like you, he no doubt thought prostitution was disgusting. Bunch of hypocrites in every religion- can't keep their noses or other body parts out of other people's business. By the way, I never worked for that church as I was an honest prostitute, never solicited a day in my life. Before I turned honest, I worked for the Los Angeles Police Department. Talk about a bunch of corrupt, dishonest folks! So before you morons- oops- Mormons call other folks liars, perhaps you ought to investigate their claims or it shows how truly ignorant you morons.. er.. mormons are.

 
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