June 19, 2014 2:46 pm

Halifax police charge woman after girls allegedly forced to sell sex

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HALIFAX – Police in Halifax have charged a 23-year-old woman for her alleged role in the prostitution of two girls.

Police say Tashlynn Marie Shaw is accused of coercing two girls under the age of 16 to continue working in the sex trade.

Investigators also allege Shaw assaulted one of the young victims with a weapon on two separate occasions.

Shaw was arrested without incident Wednesday and police say she faces 22 charges.

They include two counts each of trafficking a person under the age of 18, living off the avails of prostitution of a person under the age of 18, invitation to sexual touching, as well as exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person to aid in prostitution.

Shaw is also charged with assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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