Halifax woman, 23, charged with human trafficking of teen girls: police

Published on June 19, 2014

Tashlynn Marie Shaw, 23, at Halifax provincial court June 19

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A Herring Cove Road woman is facing a slew of human trafficking and prostitution charges for allegedly pimping out underage girls.

Tashlynn Marie Shaw, 23, appeared in Halifax provincial court on Thursday to face 22 offences following an investigation that included interviews with two young girls, just 13 and 14 years old, “who had been coerced to continue working in the sex trade.”

“The investigation also revealed that, on two separate occasions, the woman used a weapon to assault one of the victims,” a Halifax Regional Police report says.

Officers arrested Shaw at home without incident June 18. 

Charges against her include trafficking a child, invitation to sexual touching, living off underage prostitution, possessing a dangerous weapon, assault with a weapon, luring children, assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement, among others.

The HRP/RCMP Integrated Vice Unit believes there may be more victims, and encourages anyone with information to call them at 490-5016, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.