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Man convicted of human trafficking could appeal case

Santiago Alonso was accused of holding a 17-year old girl against her will---forcing her to have sex and turn the money over to him.
A Dothan man was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison for his conviction on a Human Trafficking charge. Santiago Alonso, 28, of Memphis, Tennessee was also ordered to serve 10 additional years on related drug charges.

“I think (Judge Butch Binford) recognizes the seriousness of what the legislature is trying to stop,” said Assistant District Attorney Banks Smith. Alonso is believed to be the first person arrested under a human trafficking statute passed by Alabama lawmakers in 2010.

“There may be a lot more of that stuff going on that we never see,” Smith said. “The evidence shows Alonso may have already been to Dothan four or five times prior to his arrest.”

Alonso was accused of holding a 17-year old girl against her will---forcing her to have sex and turn the money over to him.

Montgomery defense attorney Susan James met with Alonso’s family today and may file an appeal. She said it’s premature to talk about specifics at this time since she has not yet been retained but did call the case “unique.”

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