DOJ declines prosecution of Smyrna pair on human trafficking charges

SMYRNA – Early last month, the Delaware Department of Justice ceased prosecution of two Smyrna residents charged with human trafficking following investigation into a spa business in 2019, authorities said this week.

On June 3, the DOJ entered nolle prosequi requests without prejudice involving Sha L. Shen, 65, and James E. Walls, 62, essentially dismissing the charges while allowing them to be refiled at a later date. Charges included human trafficking, money laundering, third-degree promoting prostitution and second-degree conspiracy.

Ms. Shen and Mr. Walls were reportedly operating Kiki Spa in the unit block of East Commerce Street when taken into custody on Dec. 9, 2019, Smyrna Police announced at the time.

Attorney Andre’ Beauregard, who represents Ms. Shen, said “The Deputy Attorney General indicated a reassessment of the facts, which warranted the nolle prosequi.”

An attempt for comment from the DOJ was not immediately successful.

Mr. Beauregard said he’s representing Ms. Shen in a civil matter regarding personal property he claimed was not returned following her release from Delaware Department of Correction custody on a bond on March 19.