Bee Nguyen, who rented the studio space to Wright and Strong, said Tuesday he often saw cars pulling up to the back of the studio and men going in but didn’t think anything of it.
‘‘She had a boyfriend,’’ said Nguyen, adding that Wright and Strong owe him about $10,000 in back rent.
It wasn’t clear whether Wright still has custody of her son; the agency that oversees child welfare says it can’t comment.
It wouldn’t be surprising to hear of a prostitution operation with clients coming and going day and night in a big city, residents say — but not in Kennebunk, a tourist town with traditional white-steeple churches, tree-lined streets and quaint bed-and-breakfasts.
‘‘Still, the fact that it’s happening in Kennebunk shows we’re not above it all,’’ Greg Patterson said while getting a haircut at a downtown barber shop.
Associated Press writer David Sharp in Portland contributed to this report.