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Sylmar Woman Sentenced to Prison for Enslaving 8-Year-Old Girl as Servant

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A 52-year-old Sylmar woman was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison for forcing a young girl smuggled from El Salvador to work for her for two years.

Dora Alicia Valle pleaded no contest last July to one felony count each of human trafficking and slavery, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Valle paid to have the girl, who was 8 years old at the time, smuggled into the United States from El Salvador in 2012, Deputy DA Paul Kim stated.

Valle forced the girl to work six days a week at a Pacoima restaurant, according to Kim, who added that when the child wasn’t working at the restaurant, she was ordered to clean the Sylmar home Valle shared with her boyfriend, Estrada Melvin Sandoval, 41.

Sandoval pleaded no contest last year to one misdemeanor count each of false imprisonment and battery and was sentenced to 1 ½ years in county jail, according to the DA’s office.