Whether Rainbow Love was running a local chain of tantric-style massage parlors, where chakras were aligned and naught got uplifted but the spirit, or several thinly disguised rub-n-tugs is now a question for a jury.
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Last week, King County prosecutors charged the 43-year-old mother of three with two counts of promoting prostitution and one count of attempted promoting prostitution.
The move was precipitated by a nearly two-year-long investigation in which Seattle vice cops posing as patrons found that at the Sacred Temple in Eastlake, what's known in the industry as a "sensual ending" could be had for $125 a throw. FYI: The temple remains open for business, just in case you're interested.Love was later busted at her Marysville home last May after police raided all three of the suspected brothels. According to charging documents, a female undercover officer who tried applying for a job at the Moon Temple in Greenwood was told by Love that massage practitioners at the Temple were expected to take a no holds barred (wink-wink, nudge-nudge) approach to their work.
Following her arrest, investigators spent the eight months poring over the Temple's books and bank statements to see exactly how much dough the parlors were bringing in. According to court documents, Ellis told police that she filed a federal tax return for $300,000 in 2008. That was in May. The details on the results of the police investigation into Love's finances, if there are any, haven't been revealed yet.
Love is set to be arraigned on March 2. She now faces up to 10 years in prison, where presumably her training in the sensual healing arts will make her one of the more popular inmates.
H/T: Seattle Crime