Tacoma woman charged with prostituting two teen girls

A Tacoma woman accused of prostituting a pair of 13-year-old runaway girls has been charged in federal court with two counts of sex trafficking.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist dismissed the local case after learning that 38-year-old Shadina Devona Rice was being charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Rice is due in court Thursday.

She gave the girls shelter and told them they had to have sex with men for money if they wanted to stay, according to court documents.

Police learned about the prostitution from one of the girl’s mothers, who saw her daughter’s provocative picture advertised online and had a friend set up a meeting.

No one showed up but the girl returned home a few days later.

When Tacoma police served a warrant at Rice’s home, they found the second girl inside.