LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The owner of a Lawrence massage parlor has pleaded not guilty as prosecutors alleged she coerced employees to perform sex acts on male customers, some of whom were videotaped without the clients’ knowledge.
Fifty-year-old Lori Barron of Salem, N.H., was arraigned Tuesday in Lawrence District Court on charges of maintaining a house of prostitution, deriving support from prostitution, human trafficking, unlawful wiretapping, extortion and photographing unsuspecting nude persons. She was released on $30,000 bail.
Prosecutor Kelleen Forlizzi said in court that one former worker said Barron lured her into prostitution. Forlizzi said Barron kept a client list that included police, firefighters, teachers and a city councilor.
Barron’s lawyer said outside court the charges are “baseless” allegations by her disgruntled employees at The Day Spa for Gentlemen.
Barron was arrested Monday following searches of her home and business.
Information from: Eagle Tribune