Mom Charged With Sex Trafficking Disabled Daughter
COLUMBIA, MO — August 24, 2018
A woman has been charged with accepting money and cocaine in exchange for the rape of her 14-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy.
According to the police, 49-year-old Renee Collins, of Columbia, Missouri, threatened her daughter's life several times when she gave her to her boyfriend, and he raped her. In exchange for her daughter, 44-year-old William Thomas Jr. gave Collins money and heavy drugs.
Collins' daughter lives with cerebral palsy and has the mental capacity of a 2- to 3-year-old. Her mother and her mother's boyfriend are jailed in Boone County. No attorneys are listed for them in online court records.
Court records say the girl also has autism, is partially deaf and uses corrective leg braces. She was taken into protective custody in July 2017 and told authorities that her mother would “loan” her to men.
The US is currently in the process of passing a bill to crack down on predators that force or manipulate children into prostitution.
"It’s going to pass by the end of a session," said Assistant Amy Pauline in early June.
The Westchester Democrat introduced legislation in the past few years seeking to nix a requirement that prosecutors prove — often by putting severely traumatized and victimized children on the stand — that the youths were forced or coerced into prostitution.
But that version of the bill got held every year in the Assembly Codes Committee until the amendments were made this week.
The changes ensure that the law won’t target victims who aid and abet the trafficker, which typically also occurs under coercion.
“It’s an agreed to version with the Senate and the prosecutors and the advocates,” Paulin said. “It has been a long, thoughtful, and careful conversation to arrive at this latest version, but it will have been worth it if this bill becomes law.”