Since I have always considered the sexual religious rituals which I perform to be totally legal and protected by the freedom of religion guarantees of our Constitution, I had not looked into prostitution very much. But because of the persecution I have been subjected to by the Los Angeles police and City Attorney, many people have contacted me with information about common prostitution. Some of this information was really eye-opening.
I use the term, common, to distinguish that form of prostitution from the other forms such as sacred prostitution and hospitality prostitution. Most people don't know what prostitution is, but that's not surprising since it has so many meanings.
The word, "prostitute" is a fairly new word to our language. It originated in English in 1530 and was derived from the Latin, "Pro" and "statuary" meaning to cause to stand. It was first applied to actors (1553) who stood before the audience and mocked the church and state. It did not refer to women who sold sex until 25 years later. By 1593 the term meant anyone who sold his talents, especially artists, lawyers and other professionals. Around 1613, the term began to be used for women who offered their bodies for indiscriminate sex, with or without pay. In the English brothels, women would line up and stand before the customers so the men could take their pick. In 1647 politicians who put themselves up for sale were called "prostitutes". In 1774, it was stated that Parliament itself was "the aspiration of every courtesan and prostitute who fills its ranks".
Prior to 1500, women who engaged in indiscriminate sex were called whores, harlots, and meretrix, and payment of money did not make a woman a prostitute. It was the sex act itself which made a woman a prostitute. The word has such a broad meaning that until just 50 years ago a prostitute was any woman who had sex with someone other than her husband. A married woman with a lover was a prostitute, she did not have to get any money from the act. However, the word "prostitute" in the last fifteen years has become a more specific legal term which means a person who engages in or agrees to engage in any lewd act for money or other consideration.
Unfortunately our language only has the one word, "prostitute", which covers a multitude of things which aren't prostitution, but rather sexual conduct. Hospitality prostitution has been practiced from the beginning of time and is still practiced in some part of the world today, where the head of the house offers his wife to any male guest who stays the night.
In ancient Greek and Rome, women were not called prostitutes. The Greek language avoided confusion by distinguishing between the types of prostitution with entirely different words. "Pornea" was the Greek word for the common, or lowest level of prostitute. You may be familiar with that word as one of the roots of the word pornography, which originally was picture of common prostitutes. In the group of common prostitutes there were different levels, the next highest level were the auletrides. These were skilled dancers and musicians and singers. They were often hired out by their teachers to entertain at banquets and then would spend the night with the guests. At the highest level were the "hetaerae", who were very intelligent women who often had great prestige and power. The Hetaerae lived independently and entertained mean as they choose. One famous hetaerae, Aspasia came to Athens in 450 B.C. The famous philosopher, Socrates, studies rhetoric under Aspasia. She also trained some of the finest orators in Athens, among them Pericles who fell in love with her, divorced his wife and took her into his home.
The ancient Greeks also had quedishtu or sacred prostitutes who served in the temples of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. These women more often than not were hetaerae and had even greater rights than wives were granted and were well respected in the community. They were known not only for their sexuality, but also for their knowledge of healing and oracles. The Oracle at Delphi was one of the most famous in the world (until the male priests got upset over her sexuality and replaced the young women with very old women who no longer had sex) and even the Christians claimed the oracles of Sibyl as being inspired prophets of Jesus. The quedishtu could better be called priestesses to the Goddess Aphrodite. Sexual rituals were always an integral part of the beliefs and practices of the Goddess religions. The Goddess was known by different names in different countries, which is covered in the chapter on religious sex. But it is worth repeating that "whore", comes from the priestesses of the "hour", while a "harlot" was a priestess of Hathor.
I, like all priestesses before me, call myself a priestess, whereas the police, adhering to Christian dogma, call me a prostitute. I preform the same sacred sexual rituals as priestesses did anciently in the temples of the Goddess throughout the ancient word. A priestess has sex with a lot of men, as does a common prostitute, but for different reasons.
In Greece, Solon, the law-giver, established the first publicly administered brothels in Athens in 550 B.C. How did the citizens react? Was it with horror and disgust? Did they accuse him of ruining the morals of the country? Listen, to this quote from Atheneus, a historian writing at that time:
"Solon, you were a true benefactor of humanity, for our city is full of young men with exuberant passions that might spur them on to criminal excess. However, you brought women, provided them with everything they might need, and put them in places where they would be available to all who wanted them. There they are as nature made them; no surprises, everything on view! Isn't that something? To open the door, all you need is an obolus. Have a go -- no false modesty or coyness, no fear they'll run away. You can have it now if you want it, and whatever way you like it.
These fillies of Cyprus built for sport, stand in a row one behind the other, their dresses sufficiently undone to let all the charms of nature be seen, like the nymphs nurtured by the Eridamus in its pure water, for a few pence, you can purchase a moment of bliss with no risk attached. There are thin ones, thick ones, round ones, tall ones, curved ones, young, old middle aged, mature as you will -- yours for the taking and you don't need to bring along a ladder or sneak in through a hole in the roof... At any rate there they are where anyone can have them without fear, day or night."
It was the opinion of that learned writer that Solon was saving men from criminal excesses through prostitution. How is that for an argument in favor or legalizing or decriminalizing prostitution? It will actually save our young men from criminal excesses. The well known Catholic theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas, was in favor of prostitution to save men from worse evils. He is quoted as saying "Take away prostitutes from the world, and you will fill it with sodomy."
Today prostitution is accused of encouraging and attracting a host of other crimes. Perhaps one ironic thing about Solon's brothels was that the taxes collected from the licensed brothels was used to build a temple to the Goddess, Aphrodite, in which "sacred prostitutes" would officiate.
In Rome sacred prostitution was practiced in the temples of Venus. In the Latin language the sacred prostitute was often called "caritas" from which the word "charity" comes. Charity originally meant giving love and kindness to your fellow man, giving of yourself, and not just throwing a few coins into a pot. Needless to say, Christians don't like talking about the original charities.
With the growing emergence of the patriarchal religions of the Jews, Christians and Moslems, the religion of the Goddess was persecuted into hiding. Priestesses could no longer practice their sacred sexual rituals out of threat and fear of death. During the Inquisition in which the Catholic Church began to kill off everyone who had any different beliefs from the Pope, the religion of the Goddess was virtually persecuted to extinction.
But the priesthood of the Goddess which I hold, was handed down in secret in families from mother to daughter. I am the 537th High Priestess to the Goddess in direct line of succession, and the first priestess to practice openly in about 900 years. I met with the same kind of persecution from the LAPD and with about as much of a fair trail as was given priestess during the Inquisition. Fortunately, there was no death penalty for sacred prostitution any more, but I was given the maximum sentence permitted under the law. The common prostitute would have been given 3-10 days. I was given 360 days and fined over $8,000.
Although the Catholic Church wanted to stamp out the rituals of the priestess, it did not want to do away with common prostitution. And where sacred prostitution was eliminated, common prostitution continued, often licensed by the state and even the Catholic Church. It has been said that the nuns in the convents supported the Catholic church through prostitution for nearly 500 years. The practice has been around for ages, often called the world oldest profession. It has come to be condemned by the patriarchal religions and moralist and brutal punishments have been meted out for prostitutes and clients alike. For example, in 1635, in Paris, prostitutes were flogged, shaved bald and exiled for life without a formal trial. The males were sentence to life in slave galleys. Of course, that was a little better than the punishment for sacred prostitutes who were tortured and then burned alive at the stake.
In American the punishment is not evenhanded. The man usually gets off, in more ways than one. Until recently, the majority of the prostitution arrests involve the female only, though occasionally man were trapped by undercover police decoys. Now the police are going after the customers, the Johns, reasoning that humiliation of the customers will stop the trade. It has not, and street prostitution is as prevalent as it was twenty-five years ago. Additionally, because of the open border policies of both President Bush and Obama, houses of prostitution, which are mostly filled with sex slaves from Europe and Asia, can be found in every major city in the country, while illegal Hispanic immigrant prostitutes are ignored by law enforcement.
One of the most unique "common prostitutes" recently, though not a very common prostitute, was Norma Jean Almodovar. She is articulate and intelligent and a credit to her profession. She is the notorious cop turned call girl who also was a candidate for Lt. Governor of the State of California. Her campaign is now for the decriminalization of prostitution - not its legalization, that it setting up government whorehouses - which would allow consenting adults to do with their bodies whatever they want.
As it is, the police spend an inordinate amount of time, and money, arresting prostitutes instead of fighting violent crime. Why?
Most of you are probably familiar with Dr. David Rubens book, "Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Sex." He has a whole series of books on sex. In his book "How to Get more out of sex: he has this description of a police report:
"I entered the suspect premises and was directed to a small room. The subject was a female about twenty-two years old clad only in bikini panties. She directed me to remove my clothing and assume a supine position on the small padded table in the center of the room. I paid her fifteen dollars in marked bills, in advance, and lay down on the said table. She proceeded to rub warm perfumed oil (a sample has been sent to the crime lab) onto my private parts producing an immediate erection. She then applied her mouth to my erection and orally copulated me until the act was concluded. While she was wiping her mouth, I quickly arose, secured my badge from my trouser pocket, identified myself, and placed her under arrest, charging her with 21:49, lewd and lascivious conduct. As I was reading the suspect her rights, she spat the contents of her mouth all over my shirt. She was further charged with 21:19, assaulting an officer.
"As a result of this dramatic encounter, an all male jury acquitted the accused. A policeman's lot is not an easy one."
All that Hard work, and the criminal got off -- or was it the policeman?
You'll have to admit, getting a blow job from a girl in a bikini is a lot nicer than having to risk getting punched or knifed or shot while trying to apprehend someone in a robbery or a gang fight.
Another cop story was related to me personally by the publisher of a bondage and discipline paper:
"A middle aged man came to the B&D house. He tied up a submissive girl, clad in a sexy black leather outfit which exposed her cute little bottom. The girls all know that there is no sex involved and everyone visiting is told there is no sex. The guy starts beating her on the bottom with a little leather strap. Nothing unusual at first, if you're into that sort of thing. But he starts hitting harder. He orders her to perform oral sex on him, in more explicit words, of course. She refuses. He hits harder. She is submissive and used to some pain. He orders her again to give him head. No, she replies. He gets carried away, whipping her harder and harder. He yells for her to give him oral sex or he won't stop. "Okay", she cries, "I'll do it".
He then arrests her. He's really an undercover cop. Fortunately that story has a happy ending in that a jury decided the cop had gone beyond the call of duty and the girl was acquitted. What would cops rather do, be paid to whip a cute pink ass or maybe get whipped by some drug gang?
We, the taxpayers, are paying for the police to amuse themselves while we get abused by violent criminals. I don't expect you to accept those conclusions just from those cute little stories. Statistics support what I say. In the Hastings Law Journal entitled, The Highest Paying Customers; America's Cities and the Costs of Prostitution Control, details how our tax dollars are being wasted on prostitution control.
To quote the report, "Although there is no record of an increase in prostitution offenses anywhere in the nation, records do show a 32% growth in reported violent crime between 1976 and 1985. The police response to this problem is puzzling: arrests for violent crimes rose only 3.7% in those 10 years compared with a 135% increase in prostitution arrests."
How can there be a 135% increase in arrests if there isn't any increase in prostitution reports? That is because no one is reporting prostitution. A guy doesn't call up the police and say, "This nasty little lady dragged me into her apartment and say she'd give me a blow job for $150." It is the police who create the arrest through entrapment or decoy. In other words the police are actually manufacturing more prostitution incidents for which they make arrests.
The report goes on to state: "Well over 2 million violent and property crimes were reported in 1985 to the police department in the cities in this study. 83% or 1.9 million of those reported offenses failed to result in arrest."
Why? With all that increase in threatening, violent crime, why are violent crime arrests up only 3% (which is in no way keeping up with the increase in the number of reported crimes) while the prostitution arrest rate has gone up so fantastically?
"A possible explanation" the Hastings reports states, "is that prostitution cases raise the `closed by arrest rate' for total crime indices. Prostitution is one of the only offenses for which nearly 100% of `reported incidence' result in arrest. To the extent that total arrest rate indices are elevated by the inclusion of this high percentage for prostitution they engender a false account of overall police protection."
Simply put, prostitution has a 100% arrest rate while violent crimes have a 17% rate closed by arrest. If you average the 100% and the 17% that gives you an overall closed by arrest rate of 58%. That makes the cops look good. Put in perspective, there are more arrests for prostitution each year than there are for murder, armed robbery and assault combined.
"Another explanation for the report commonly advanced for the amount of time dedicated to prostitution offenses" the Hastings report states, "is simply that police like the work. Prostitutes generally pose less danger to officers than persons arrested for other nighttime offenses or for assaultive crimes. Further although the `decoy' method has been widely criticized and held by some courts to constitute entrapment, vice officers around the country prefer this approach: they speak at length of newly leased cars, the clothes (We've got to look like guys with money to burn) and other aspect of their work."
They like it, plain and simple, the men enjoy their work with prostitutes.
How serious do people think prostitution is as a crime? The U. S. Justice Department took a nationwide survey of crime severity recently and asked people to rank 204 offenses ranging from, "a person planting a bomb in a public school building", to "a person under 16 years old playing hooky from school". Prostitution ranked #174 down on the list. Ranked as # 175 was, "a store owner knowingly puts large eggs in containers marked extra large." I mean, would you spend $16,000,000 to prevent someone from cheating on the size of eggs?
What is this crime of prostitution that warrants such expenditures of money and man power? Prostitution is defined in the California Penal code as including anyone, "who solicits or who agrees to engage in or who engages in any lewd act between persons for money or other consideration." A lewd act requires "touching of the genitals, buttocks or female breasts for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, annoyance or offense."
Let me emphasize for you the word PURPOSE. The purpose the money is given must be for sexual, arousal or gratification, specifically.
Several years a go over-zealous members of the LAPD arrested erotic film makers as pimps and panderers saying that they paid actor and actresses money for sex. A wise California Supreme Court in the now famous People v. Freeman case overturned the convictions of the lower court (where you generally find lower intelligence) and ruled that the money was not paid for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification, but rather for acting, and was not prostitution. However, the Court went on to say that even if it were prostitution literally, it was protected by the First Amendment.
What are you paying to have the police sit around enjoying themselves in motels and massage parlors? What are the actual costs to you for this decrease in violent crime protection?
The actual dollar figures are staggering. In Los Angeles for 1985, the break down goes like this:
Police costs $7,335,714. This included all time spend in motels, massage parlors, set ups, arrests, booking, time spent in court lying (or should I say testifying). Then Correction costs, $4,200,649, this includes jail cost for holding and incarceration, and finally court cost $5,229,000, from arraignment to trial and sentencing. That adds up to a grand total of $16,765,353.
That's unbelievable. The City of Los Angeles spent more on prostitution control than it did for its share of all health services and hospitals in the same year. In fact in 1985, Los Angeles spent 13 times more money on prostitution enforcement than it spent for its share of health care.
Half of the cities studied in the Hastings Report spent more on prostitution control than on education. We are spending too much for protection from what many people think should not even be a crime.
What a waste. When the economy was prosperous, when people had nothing better to do with their money than pay taxes, this could be overlooked. But today with people being laid off and States and Cities looking at massive budget cuts, Americans have to ask themselves, "How much are we willing to spend to enforce Christian morality?"
Should men have to go without sex just because they aren't married? A male dominated society with male gods has made prostitution a crime. Yet men have been desiring and providing for their sexual relief not just for procreation, nor out of boredom, but even in time of war to maintain morale. And in every war, Americans are confronted with the nagging question, "What takes precedence, soldier morale or Christian morality?"