**** HRP Media Release
Police lay additional human trafficking charges
Police have charged two additional men in relation to an ongoing human trafficking investigation.
In January 2023, police received a report of human trafficking that was occurring in the region. The incidents occurred between May 2021 and April 2023 and involved six victims, some of whom were youths at the time of the incidents.
Members of the Human Trafficking Team of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division arrested two men over the last week in relation to the ongoing investigation.
Shane Jason Mahar, 49, is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court at a later date to face charges of:
- Trafficking of a person under 18 years of age (x2)
- Communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services of a person under 18 years of age (x2)
- Possession of child pornography
Richard Walter Beaver, 33, is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court at a later date to face one count of trafficking of a person under 18 years of age.
Adam Ray Greenlaw, 40, was arrested last month and is facing 44 charges in relation to the investigation.
The Integrated Human Trafficking Team wants victims of human trafficking to know that police are here to help. Our priority is the safety of victims. Members of the Human Trafficking Team will work with community partners to support victims, address their specific needs and get them to safety. Victims will be treated with dignity and respect and their safety will remain our primary goal. We want to assure victims that the decision to participate in the investigation is theirs and we will respect their wishes.
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, reach out for support or share information by calling:
- 911 – if safety is of immediate concern.
- 902-449-2425 to contact the Nova Scotia Human Trafficking Team, 24/7.
- 902-490-5142 to contact the Integrated Human Trafficking Team. Please note that this line is not monitored 24/7.
- 902-490-5020 to file a report and have an officer follow up with you.
- Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or using the P3 Tips App.