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Dothan man arrested for human trafficking a teenager

DOTHAN, AL (WTVM) -

A man arrested for human trafficking in Dothan appears to be part of a human trafficking circuit.

Police say Alonso Santiagito held a Mississippi teen against her will, beat her, forced her to do drugs, and sold her for sex. He was holding the girl and other victims at the Quality Inn on Ross Clark Cir.

Investigators don't think this is Santiagito's first time committing this type of crime. They believe he took girls in other states and forced them into prostitution. This all came to light when the teen escaped and ran for her life.

Sgt. Phillip Rice of the Dothan Police Department says the situation could not have been more serious. "If this girl had not beenable to reach out to us and break free, she could end-up dead. That's how seriousthis is," says Rice. "People's lives are destroyed by this. Even if they get out with their life in tact, for the rest of their life they're still having to deal with this."

As far as any other men who might have paid for the acts, DNA evidence is currently being processed. 

More charges are possible.

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