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“Goddesses” speak out about prostitution

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For the first time since Wednesday, three "goddesses" involved with the Phoenix Goddess Temple speak out about allegations of prostitution.

During an interview with CBS 5 News, three of the women talked while in handcuffs.  

"I call myself a shaman. I believe in earth-based healing," said Holly Alsop.

After a six month investigation, Phoenix Police have 18 people behind bars accused of running a prostitution ring at the Phoenix Goddess Temple.

When interviewed Friday, the women would not specifically say what the healing practices were, but when they were asked if any of them had sexual intercourse at the church, they had one very clear answer. 

"No, no. Absolutely not," said Amanda Twitty.

"Absolutely not. Everything we do is healing," said Holly Alsop, and "No," said Jamie Baker.

"We're not a brothel, we're a church," said Baker.

CBS 5 News also asked if the women ever received money for their healing practices.   

"We were not employed by the temple. It was not a job, it was a church," said Baker.

The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said evidence gathered by undercover investigators indicates that men and women "practitioners" working at the Temple were in fact performing sex acts in exchange for money.

Copyright 2011 KPHO. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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