01-23-2018  11:36 pm      •     
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By The Skanner News

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a woman prostituted young runaway girls in a sex ring she operated partly from a Tacoma donut shop.

Shadina Devona Rice was arrested this week on two counts of sex trafficking. She had been scheduled to appear in court for a detention hearing Thursday but waived it. Her attorney says she denies the charges and hopes to have the hearing rescheduled.

A federal complaint by a Tacoma police officer alleges that Rice offered housing to two 13-year-old girls who had run away from home and had no place to stay - but she forced them to engage in prostitution as a form of "rent."

The girls told police that Rice advertised their pictures on the Internet, and that she met potential clients at Helen's Donuts in Tacoma, where she told them how to get to the apartment where the girls were staying.

One of the girls estimated that she engaged in sexual activity with about 60 men from July to mid-September.

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