They said Barron used her spa to offer sexual services performed by employees recruited as receptionists and blackmailed her employees with videotapes she secretly took of them performing sex acts on customers.
Barron, a married mother of two college-age daughters, was charged with felony counts of human trafficking, maintaining a house of prostitution, deriving support from prostitution, unlawful wiretapping, extortion and photographing unsuspecting nude persons.
She initially set up her business at 599 Canal St., but later moved to the Broadway location, police said. Romero said yesterday it is unclear how long she has operated the business.
On May 16, 2011, Barron was caught in a Salem, N.H. investigation dubbed “Operation Bunny Ranch.” Then the owner of ETEA Weight Loss Spa at 282 Main St., Salem, she was charged with two counts of prostitution, obscene matter and simple assault. Less than a month later, she pleaded guilty to obscene matter and simple assault. The two prostitution charges were not prosecuted.
She was sentenced to a year in jail, suspended for 12 months with good behavior. She agreed to “relinquish her massage therapist’s license and shall not open or manage a massage therapists business in Salem, N.H. for 10 years,” according to court papers. She was also fined $310, which was immediately paid.
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