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

A man, 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.

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.

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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.