Stockton woman sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison for sex-trafficking teen girls

A Stockton woman who recruited three teenage girls for prostitution, plying them with alcohol and drugs while advertising them online for sex acts,...

September 5, 2022
7:52 AM

A Stockton woman who recruited three teenage girls for prostitution, plying them with alcohol and drugs while advertising them online for sex acts, was sentenced Monday to 17 years and seven months in federal prison. Dawniel Santangelo, 44, of Stockton, recruited the girls, ages 15, 16 and 17, for prostitution in Northern California and Southern Oregon between September 2018 and May 2019, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. Santangelo 'enticed the girls to perform sex acts for strangers by providing alcohol, drugs, and creating a party atmosphere in motels in Stockton and Salinas.

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