Woman charged in girls’ abuse

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 38-year-old Tacoma woman with forcing into prostitution two 13-year-old runaways who sought shelter in her home, court records show.

Pleas of not guilty were entered Friday on behalf of Shadina Devona Rice to two counts of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor. Rice remained jailed Monday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The girls told detectives they prostituted themselves at Rice’s suggestion after she took them in, court records show.

“The first night went OK, but after that Rice told (one of the alleged victims) she would have to pose for pictures and sleep with men for money in order to help pay the bills; otherwise, she’d have to leave,” court records state.

That girl told police she exchanged sex for money with four men in early September. Rice kept all the cash, records state.

The girl’s mother became aware of her daughter’s activities after a friend spotted photographs of the teenager posted on an escort/prostitution website, the records state. The girl eventually returned home, and her mother notified police.

Officers served a search warrant at Rice’s home this month. They found a second 13-year-old girl there, records show.

“Rice told her that she used to be a prostitute. She also told (her) that she needed to be a prostitute if she was going to stay with her,” according to court documents.

The second girl said she sold sex to 60 men between July and this month, charging as much as $180 per hour, the records show. Rice eventually began splitting the money with her, the girl told police.

The girl also told detectives Rice was “trying to make her a fake ID” and planned to enroll her in a Tacoma middle school, records show.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644 adam.lynn@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/crime