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June 28, 2013

Massage parlor owner indicted for human trafficking

SALEM, Mass. — An Essex County grand jury indicted Lori Ann Barron, 50, of Salem, N.H., yesterday on three counts of human trafficking, maintaining a house of prostitution, deriving support from prostitution, witness intimidation, and videotaping unsuspecting nude persons, the office of District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.

Barron is accused of operating a “day spa” for men in Lawrence in which she allegedly videotaped women performing sexual acts in order to prevent them from quitting their jobs and going to police.

She was arraigned in Lawrence District Court on June 11, 2013. Judge Mark Sullivan set her bail at $30,000. An arraignment date in Salem Superior Court has not been scheduled.

The investigation of Barron’s “spa,” its operations and clientele remain under investigation. Human trafficking carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years and a maximum of 20 years in state prison.

Police believe her client list contains at least 1,000 names, and potentially as many as 2,000, according to information collected by Lawrence and state police from Barron’s records.

Lawrence Police Chief John Romero said his officers are going through the names, retrieved from computers and cell phones seized earlier this month from Barron’s “The Day Spa for Gentlemen” on Broadway, and matching them with the people to whom they belong.

“The client list appears to be at least 1,000,” Romero said yesterday. “That could go much higher.”

Romero said police are sifting through the list, which includes “common names” that will require more investigation and corroboration before police can be sure they are identifying the right people.

Records seized from Barron’s business at 7 Broadway, in which police said she operated a prostitution operation, and retrieved from her electronic devices provide enough detail that police can hone in on the identities of customers with common names, though Romero declined to be specific.

“There is considerable information regarding this. We have a lot to work with,” he said.

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