New Hampshire woman sentenced for human trafficking in Massachusetts

A woman from Salem, New Hampshire, has been sentenced to seven to nine years in prison in Massachusetts for human trafficking and prostitution.

Lori Barron was sentenced at Salem Superior Court for crimes committed in 2013 in Massachusetts. Prosecutors said she was found guilty of crimes committed at a day spa for men she operated in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where employees performed sex acts for clients.

“It’s frankly unimaginable to me that you could do this all day with these young women and then go home and see your daughters, who are roughly the same age, and not understand,” prosecutor Kate McDougall said.

Prosecutors said Barron was found guilty by a jury in June of human trafficking for sexual servitude, prostitution and photographing people while they were nude without their knowledge.

Barron operated a similar spa in Salem, New Hampshire, in 2011. She was arrested and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge for an incident that happened at that time, but she was not charged with human trafficking.

“It is extremely unsettling that she chose to restart this business in Lawrence, where the population is particularly vulnerable, and I think she thought this crime would get lost in everything else that is happening in Lawrence,” McDougall said.

Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 12 to 15 years, while the defense asked for five. Defense attorney Michael Tumposky said her record is minor, and her risk to reoffend is low.

He also argued that even though Barron never claimed responsibility for what she did, she knows it wasn’t right.

“She is simply too ashamed to admit that she has done something wrong,” Tumposky said.

When she is released from prison, Barron will have to register as a sex offender.