LAWRENCE — Young women who worked for accused Broadway madam Lori Barron told police they performed sex acts on hundreds of men, including a Methuen police officer, Methuen firefighters, a Haverhill city councilor, Lawrence and Amesbury teachers, lawyers and court workers, according to police reports filed yesterday.
Barron, 50, known to her workers as “Nina,” is accused of secretly and illegally taping the sexual trysts in “The Day Spa for Gentlemen,” a 7B Broadway business raided by Lawrence detectives after Barron’s arrest Monday at her Salem, N.H., home. She is charged with seven felony counts, including human trafficking, illegal wiretapping, keeping a house of prostitution and photographing an unsuspecting nude person.
The mother of two who has been married for 20 years is accused of preying on needy women and young mothers, first employing them as receptionists and then “promoting” them to massage therapists and requiring them to perform sexual acts, including manual and oral sex, for cash. Barron allegedly advertised the jobs on Craigslist and posted daily spa specials on Backpage.com.
Barron, of 20 Riversedge Drive, allegedly videotaped the women with the johns, using the video footage to blackmail the women if they stepped out of line or tried to quit. She also threatened to call the Department of Children and Family services and make allegations against women who had children, according to court papers.
She threatened one worker “that if she didn’t prostitute herself she would have her kids taken away,” according to a police report.
Police started investigating the Broadway brothel in March after Barron allegedly had a fight with one of her workers who refused to let a client “spank” her. Barron grabbed the 21-year-old woman by her hair and “dragged her down the stairs to the parking lot without her shoes or purse,” according to a police report.