Columbia Woman Pleads Not Guilty On Sex Trafficking Charges

A Columbia woman is pleading not guilty to charges of sex trafficking her daughter who has mental disabilities.

Renee Collins entered her plea in court yesterday (Tuesday).

Her boyfriend William Thomas Jr. is charged with First Degree Rape or Attempted Rape and pleaded not guilty.

An investigation began last year in the case after the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children received a tip about a girl being left in hotel rooms with strange men.

The girl who has cerebral palsy, autism, and deafness is now in protective custody.