Dothan Police Make City's First Child Trafficking Charge

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A Tennessee man was arrested by Dothan Police on Thursday, Aug. 8 after a citizen reported that a female juvenile had escaped from a hotel where she was being held captive.

Investigators say Alonso Santiagito, 27, picked the victim up in Mississippi and transported her to Dothan. There she was allegedly held against her will and forced to use drugs and have sex for money, with the threat of physical harm if she refused.

The victim was able to escape the hotel room and made contact with a concerned citizen, who contacted the police.

Officers made contact with Santiagito at the Quality Inn Hotel where he was arrested and taken into custody.

Dothan Police have charged Santiagito, with human trafficking, distribution of a controlled dangerous substance to a minor and possession of marijuana.

Dothan Police will hold a news conference on Monday or Tuesday to discuss the case further.

Major Steve Parish told WTVY that this is the first child trafficking charge made in Dothan.

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