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June 11, 2013

Spa owner charged with prostitution

Police say she also videotaped clients in sexual acts

LAWRENCE — A Salem, N.H., woman with a previous prostitution conviction was charged yesterday with running a house of prostitution and videotaping clients without their knowledge in her Broadway massage parlor named “The Day Spa for Gentlemen.”

Lori Barron, 50, of 20 Riversedge Drive is scheduled for arraignment today in Lawrence District Court on six felony counts, including maintaining a house of prostitution, deriving support from prostitution, unlawful wiretapping, extortion and photographing unsuspecting nude persons, police said.

It was unclear last night how many people Barron videotaped in various sexual acts with women working in the massage parlor, named The Day Spa for Gentlemen. Police have the names of some of the people videotaped but were not releasing them.

Yesterday, detectives searched Barron’s home and the business at 7 Broadway, seizing documents and computers, police said.

Police received information last Wednesday that Barron’s employees and clients “were engaging in more than just massage,” police Chief John Romero said.

Through numerous interviews, detectives learned Barron had women working in the massage parlor seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., police said. The women employed were not trained or licensed to perform massage, police said.

When clients came to the spa, they placed $100 cash in a basket Barron controlled, police said. In order to obtain sexual services, they had to pay another $100, a cut of which would be given to the worker involved, police said.

During a visit to the spa, Barron would also take the client’s identification and record who they were, police said. She routinely asked clients and those who called to book appointments if they were “affiliated with law enforcement,” according to investigators.

Police said Barron routinely hired women to work in the spa, first using them as receptionists and later moving them to jobs where they engaged in sexual acts with customers.

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