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January 9, 2014

DA: It's premature to discuss 'other charges' in brothel case


Potential evidence already filed in the case includes numerous police reports, photos and cell phone records, information from the spa’s web site, handwritten notes, a calendar, 21 advertisements for “girls” and grand jury minutes, according to court papers previously filed by Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall.

Barron was indicted on three counts of human trafficking, maintaining a house of prostitution, deriving support from prostitution, witness intimidation and videotaping unsuspecting nude persons.

A human trafficking conviction carries a minimum mandatory sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 20 years in state prison. If a victim under age 8 is involved, a judge may impose a life sentence for human trafficking.

Barron remains free on $30,000 bail, which she posted after her June 11 arraignment in Lawrence District Court.

Police started investigating Barron in March after a woman working for her said Barron assaulted her and dragged her by her hair down a stairway because she refused to let a client spank her.

On June 10, Lawrence police raided the spa and arrested Barron at her Salem home. She was charged with running the sex spa and videotaping her workers performing sex acts on customers. She then used the footage to blackmail her employees, some single mothers, if they got out of line or tried to quit.

The website described Barron’s business as having “Just the amount of wrong to be right” with “warm, sophisticated and seductress young ladies that will make you feel you’ve never felt before.”

“Our professional staff of talented and highly skilled relaxologists have all mastered the opulent technique of erotic touch,” the website boasted.

Police said previously that Barron recruited women to work as receptionists, quickly promoting them to massage therapists and then blackmailing the women with videotapes she took secretly.

She’d initially set up business at 599 Canal St. in Lawrence, but later moved to 7B Broadway.

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