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Merrimack Valley

June 11, 2013

Police: Accused madam's customers include city councilor, firefighters, police, teachers

LAWRENCE — No specific names have been released but police are saying among those frequenting a house of prostitution on Broadway include police officers, firefighters, teachers and a city councilor.

Prosecutors gave a general overview of clientele at this morning's arraignment of accused madam Lori Barron, 50, of Salem, N.H. Prosecutors did not reveal the names or the communities where these public servants reside or work.

Barron is accused of blackmailing her employees with videotapes she secretly took of them performing sex acts on customers at a so-called massage parlor called "The Day Spa for Gentlemen." Four of her employees were interviewed by police prior to the arrest warrant being sought.

Barron was arraigned this morning on felony charges of maintaining a house of prostitution, deriving support from prostitution, unlawful wiretapping, extortion and photographing unsuspecting nude persons. This morning, prior to her arraignment, investigators brought an additional charge of human trafficking against her.

Prosecutors asked for the married mother of two to be held on $50,000 cash bail. She was ordered held on $30,000 cash bail and to stay away from the victims. Police seized from her a laptop, two cell phones and a day planner.

Police said she regularly advertised on the web for "receptionists," and would then promote the women to "massage therapists." Prosecutors said she kept them working, even if they didn't want to, by providing cash bonuses. The employees were required to perform oral and manual sex, but if they wanted to take it further for more money, it was up to the employee, prosecutors said.

While the women were working on the customers, a guard would run outside and record the license plates of clients, prosecutors said.

Police said Barron videotaped customers in various sexual acts with women working in the massage parlor. Police have the names of some of the people videotaped but were not releasing them.

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