- Cullman, Alabama

State News

August 13, 2013

Man charged with human trafficking in Alabama

DOTHAN, Ala. —

The escape of a girl from a Dothan motel room has resulted in the arrest of a Tennessee man on a human trafficking charge.

Dothan police said 28-year-old Alonso Santiagito of Arlington, Tenn., faces human trafficking and drug charges.

Police say Rice is accused of picking up a female juvenile in Mississippi and driving her to Dothan, where police say he beat her, forced her to use drugs and made her work as a prostitute. Police became aware of the case when the girl escaped from a motel room and sought help. Police say the ongoing investigation now includes federal authorities and may involve multiple females.

Court-appointed defense attorney Billy Shaun McGee said Tuesday his client would plead not guilty and would ask to be released on bond.


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