- Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
Media Contact for Revere Woman Arrested, Arraigned for Trafficking Multiple Victims for Sex at “Day Spa” in Revere
BOSTON — A Revere woman has been arrested and arraigned for trafficking multiple victims for sex through Crystal’s Day Spa in Revere, which she was allegedly operating as a front for human trafficking, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Geralda De Matos Garland, age 57, of Revere, was arrested on Friday without incident in Revere by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the Revere Police Department, and Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Garland was charged with Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude, Deriving Support from Prostitution, Money Laundering and Conspiracy.
At her arraignment in Chelsea District Court on Monday, Garland pleaded not guilty to the charges and bail was set at $50,000 cash with the conditions of release that she be monitored by GPS, surrender her passport, stay away from and have no contact with victims, and be prohibited from leaving the state. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for May 11 in Chelsea District Court.
These charges are the result of an investigation by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, with assistance from the Revere Police Department, the Division of Professional Licensure, and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
During the course of the investigation, authorities developed evidence indicating that Garland allegedly ran a profitable and organized criminal enterprise through Crystal’s Day Spa, which she owned and set up as a front for human trafficking.
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. The AG’s Office alleges that Garland also posted online advertisements offering commercial sex, arranged commercial sex appointments with sex buyers, collected money from sex buyers, and profited from this commercial sexual activity.
AG Healey’s Victim Services Division is working with victim service organizations to ensure victims have the assistance and services they need.
The investigation remains ongoing. These charges are allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
AG 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 individuals in connection with human trafficking since the law was passed.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Nancy Rothstein of the AG’s Human Trafficking Division, with assistance from Deputy Chief of the AG’s Victim Services Division Rebecca Quigley, Financial Investigators Jill Petruzziello and Patrick Cooney, and the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab. The investigation was handled by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, with assistance from the Revere Police Department, the Division of Professional Licensure, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Massachusetts State Police Field Troops A, D, and F.