Cyntoia Brown was a child sex slave who was jailed for life for killing the man who used her, but recently her story has spurred the world into action with people calling for her release using the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown on all social media platforms.
Brown, is currently being held in a prison in Nashville, was physically, sexually and verbally abused at the age of of only 16 when she was picked up by a 43 year old Nashville real-estate agent, Johnny Mitchell Allen. Prior to that, she had been living on the streets following a horrible childhood spent in foster care. She then met a pimp named cut-throat who then forced her into prostitution. She was then sex trafficked by the pimp to Johnny Allen.
A report explaining the details of the killing read: “He drove her back to his house where his strange behavior frightened her and made her want to escape. When she couldn’t sneak away, she said she wanted to nap. He lay down with her but didn’t fall asleep. He kept getting up and standing over her. She became more panicked, convinced something was going to happen to her. Finally, she shrugged off his advances and, as he rolled over, she took a gun from her purse and shot him once in the head.”
Brown admitted that she shot and killed Allen but did so because she feared he would kill her. However, prosecutors argued that Brown robbed Allen after she killed him, with his pants, wallet, and some guns in her possession when apprehended.
At the age of 16, she was convicted of murder for killing the Nashville realtor who’d bought her for sex. The jury sentenced Brown under the law at the time giving her life in prison. She’d only be eligible for parole after serving 51 years. She would be 67 then.
Her story resurfaced recently because of social media and it has touched a lot of pople. A campaign has been started by people who want her set free. The very dedicated group of people working on a clemency campaign for Cyntoia want the Governor and the Parole Board to really look at the unique factors of her case.
From behind bars, Cyntonia has graduated from Lipscomb University with an Associates Degree. She’s now working on her Bachelors while working side by side with the courts and the Juvenile Justice system as an unpaid consultant. All this she’s doing from jail. Now thousands of people including celeberities have joined in fighting for her freedom with the hashtag #FreeCynthiaBrown
did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way?? cause….. Something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life! To each of you responsible for this child’s sentence I hope to God you don’t have children, because this could be your daughter being punished for punishing already! #FREECYNTOIABROWN #HowManyMore
The system has failed. It’s heart breaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this. #FreeCyntoiaBrown pic.twitter.com/73y26mLp7u
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 21, 2017
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