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Lawrence massage parlor owner blackmailed workers in performing sex acts on clients, prosecutor says

Lori Barron of Salem, N.H., was arraigned Tuesday in Lawrence District Court on prostitution charges
Lori Barron of Salem, N.H., was arraigned Tuesday in Lawrence District Court on prostitution chargesCredit: Mary Schwalm/The Eagle-Tribune via Associated Press/pool

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LAWRENCE -- Four woman hired as receptionists at a massage parlor said the owner lured them into prostitution and forced them to continue under the threat of blackmail, prosecutors say.

One of the alleged victims told authorities that the owner, Lori Barron, took videos of the women performing sex acts on clients and used the recordings to “threaten to fire them and expose them,” Assistant Essex District Attorney Kelleen Forlizzi said in court Tuesday.

“At one point, this defendant, Mrs. Barron, told the victim, ‘You have to do it,’ ” Forlizzi said.

Barron, 50, was arrested Monday at her house in Salem, N.H. Police searched her home and the massage studio at 7 Broadway in Lawrence.

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