Geralda De Matos Garland, 57, of Revere, was arrested on Friday and charged with trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, deriving support from prostitution, money laundering and conspiracy.
Garland pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday in Chelsea District Court, and bail was set at $50,000 cash, with the conditions that she be monitored by GPS, surrender her passport, have no contact with the victims and not leave the state. She is due back in court on May 11.
Garland ran a profitable and organized criminal enterprise through Crystal’s Day Spa, which she owned, Healey said.
The AG’s Office alleges that Garland knowingly facilitated commercial sexual activity by recruiting victims and offering sexual activity between victims and buyers in exchange for a fee.
Garland also posted online advertisements offering commercial sex, arranged commercial sex appointments with sex buyers, collected money from them and profited from this commercial sexual activity, according to Healey’s office.
AG Healey’s Victim Services Division is working with victim service organizations to ensure the victims have the help they need.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Healey has a dedicated Human Trafficking Division that focuses on policy, prevention and prosecution, and includes a team of specialized prosecutors, victim advocates and Massachusetts State Police troopers who handle high impact, multi-jurisdictional human trafficking investigations and prosecutions across the state.
Through the Human Trafficking Division, the AG’s Office has charged more than 60 people in connection with human trafficking since the state’s human trafficking law, passed in 2011, went into effect the following year.