Nova Scotia's 1st convicted human trafficker gets 7-year prison sentence

'I'm hoping the judge says 10 years,' says mother of teenage human trafficking victim

The first person convicted of human trafficking in Nova Scotia under federal legislation introduced more than a decade ago has been sentenced by a judge to seven years in prison.

Owen Ross Gibson-Skeir, 21, of East Preston, was sentenced Friday in Halifax provincial court. 

He pleaded guilty in December to trafficking in a person under the age of 18, receiving material benefit from trafficking, and sexual assault. The victim was 14 years old when Gibson-Skeir pimped her out at Halifax-area hotels between January and March 2016.

He posted ads online, and made his victim call him "Daddy."

Following the December court hearing, Gibson-Skeir threatened his victim with a gun gesture as he was led out of the courtroom. Two more charges were added to his file: uttering threats and intimidation of a justice participant. He is due back in court April 20, and could face additional penalties if found guilty of those charges.  

Skeir received an 18-month credit for time already spent in custody since his arrest, which means he has 5½ years left to serve.

Gibson-Skeir is prohibited from owning firearms for life and must supply a DNA sample to be kept on record.