• Man sentenced to 13 years for teen's human trafficking death

    By: Jeff Deal


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A man who investigators with the Orlando Police Department said was a recruiter in a human trafficking operation that targeted young girls has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

    Jose Santiago Sotomayor was sentenced Monday morning after he entered a no contest plea deal for two counts of human trafficking of a minor for commercial sexual activity, among other charges.

    A 14-year-old girl died in 2016 after she was sold for sex and given a dangerous mix of drugs to make her forget about having sex with men, police said.

    The girl's single mother had been working a lot and believed her two daughters, ages 14 and 15, were staying with friends when the 14-year-old died.

    "You took her life. You broke our family. No amount of time we'll never get that back," the victim's sister said in court.

    Sotomayor also recruited the 15-year-old sister of the victim, police said.

    He, along with three other people, was charged in the case.

    Arthur Coleman was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week during a plea deal to the same charges, plus third-degree murder.

    In court, the victim’s sister scolded Sotomayor for his actions and he apologized.

    One of the other suspects, Karla Alsina, will be sentenced Wednesday.

    Next Up: