Woman charged with running prostitution ring
LAWRENCE, Mass. (WHDH) -- A massage parlor for men in Lawrence was shut down after accusations the owner was running a prostitution ring.
“They would advertise on Craigslist,” said Lawrence Police Chief John Romero.
50-year-old Lori Barron was charged with maintaining a house of prostitution, deriving support from prostitution, unlawful wiretapping, extortion, and photographing unsuspecting nude persons.
In court Tuesday Barron pleaded not guilty. Several former employees told police they were forced to perform sex acts on clients and they said Barron videotaped it all. But her defense attorney made it seem like they made it all up.
“She consented to a search of the spa, the police executed a search and there was no video equipment found, no film found,” said Defense Attorney Anthony Ortiz.
Police said they have evidence, but can’t disclose what it is. And the guys who work next door either said they never noticed anything, or they just didn’t say much.
“Not interested what was going on up there. We’re all married men,” said one of the workers.
Prosecutors said Barron kept a detailed list of her clients.
“There were firefighters and police officers. She also stated that she believed there were teachers, lawyers, doctors and a city councilor,” said Prosecutor Kelleen Forlizzi.
The list of alleged clients was taken off of Barron’s two computers. Police will give them to the District Attorney’s office, but ultimately it’s up to a judge on whether or not those names will be released to the public.