NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – An East Hartford woman has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison for recruiting two girls to work as prostitutes in greater Hartford.

Hassanah Delia was accused of taking the 14-year-old girls to hotels in Hartford and East Hartford, where she and a co-defendant charged men to have sex with them in 2009. She pleaded guilty in December to sex trafficking charges.

Prosecutors say the teens ran away from a state Department of Children and Families shelter in 2009 and went to Delia and her partner, Jarell Sanderson, for help.

A federal judge in New Haven imposed Delia’s sentence of nine years and two months in a decision that the Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s office announced Friday.

Sanderson was sentenced earlier this month to nearly 26 years in prison.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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