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Fugitive in AZ Prostitution Case Nabbed in Collegeville

Rachel Laird was charged in 2011 during 'Operation Temple Goddess.'

A Gilbertsville woman charged with prostitution and related offenses in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2011 was arrested during a traffic stop on Main Street in Collegeville and in is prison pending extradition to Arizona, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Pennsylvania State Police stopped a 1998 gray Honda Accord near the intersection of Main Street and First Avenue in Collegeville Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

The driver and registered owner of the vehicle was Rachel Page Laird, who has a warrant for prostitution-related offenses in Maricopa County, Arizona, with full extradition, according to police.

According to a 2011 report in the Phoenix News Times, Laird was one of 33 individuals arrested during “Operation Goddess Temple,” in which practitioners at Phoenix Goddess Temple claimed to provide “spiritual healing sessions for monetary donations,” but, according to police, “engaged in acts of prostitution under the guise of religious freedom.”

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Laird was taken into custody and charged as a fugitive from justice. Her bail is set at $50.000 cash, and she was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility pending her extradition to the state of Arizona.

Jennifer March 06, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Does anyone really care what you do with your body? If she wants to sell it to pay the bills who am I to tell her not to?
Holly March 14, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Arizona is a rogue state, Maricopa Co. Has no evidence and continues prosecutorial misconduct. Rachel is innocent. Don't let Arizona tell Pennsylvanians what can happen in your heart and soul with Divine Love or in the bedroom with your body. What is next cameras by the State in your bedroom?
Chris December 10, 2013 at 01:06 PM
This story really bothers me. For one I know Rachel very well (she is my fiancee) and also know what it was that was going on in the Phoenix Goddess Temple. It was in no way shape or form a "prostitution ring" or "house of prostitution" as the incompetent prosecutors are trying to make it out to be. Yes there was some non traditional practices going on there, but in no way shape or form does that make it prostitution! People can be scared and feel threatened by what they don't understand.If anyone does 10 minutes of research on the art of chakra body healing they will understand that it is the furthest thing from prostitution! The undercover agents that came in attempting to gather "evidence" bullied some of the women into saying something that was a very, VERY far stretch from a money exchange for a sexual act. The AZ prosecutors have a huge cluster f*$# on their hands and are in this too deep to back out now. They've dumped countless hours and tax payer dollars into this "operation Goddess Temple" to drop the case. Even with the obscene lack of evidence. The women and men who worked there are a caring bunch and are very good and professional at the work they perform. It's a damn shame that these adults will be branded with the labels of employees at a of house of prostitution and other nonsensical titles. The ego of the AZ prosecutors is astounding. I stand behind my Goddess and her friends and former co-workers 100% because I know there was nothing going on other than non traditional spiritual, mind and body healing.

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