SALEM, Mass. — The former owner of a Massachusetts massage parlor that prosecutors say was actually a brothel where workers performed sex acts on clients has been sentenced to up to nine years in prison.

The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2vGjWf4 ) reports that Lori Ann Barron was sentenced Monday after a statement from one of the young women she forced into prostitution was read in court. The victim wrote that working for Barron at The Day Spa for Gentlemen in Lawrence has made her “paranoid in all aspects of life.”

The 54-year-old Barron, of Salem, New Hampshire, was convicted in June of sex trafficking, deriving support from prostitution, and photographing an unsuspecting nude person.

Prosecutors say Barron hid cameras in the massage rooms to collect video to use against workers who challenged her or tried to quit.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com

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