The Story Of Cyntoia Brown, A Child Sex Slave Imprisoned For Killing Her Abuser, Has Resurfaced
The story of Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim who was imprisoned at the age of 16 for killing a child predator who paid her for sex, has resurfaced.
The incident originally took place back in 2004 when Brown was picked up by Nashville, Tennessee, real estate agent Johnny Mitchell Allen. As the Associated Press reports:
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. Ultimately, she was sentenced to life in prison, only eligible for parole after serving 51 years.
Brown’s story resurfaced recently because of social media, with everyone from Rihanna to Kim Kardashian sharing the now-29-year-old Brown’s story.
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
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) November 20, 2017
The image stems from a 2011 documentary on Brown’s case by Daniel Birman. The documentary details how Brown came from a family with a long history of sexual and physical abuse toward women, and how he she was forced into prostitution by a man she was living with named Kutthroat.
“We started the conversation, this is a young girl who’s at the tail end of three generations of violence against women,” Birman said to Nashville news station Fox 17. “She had no chance.”
However, the documentary led to Tennessee law changing, where anyone 18 and younger can’t be charged with prostitution. Unfortunately, the law did not pertain to Brown, considering the change came about after her imprisonment.
Tennessee residents have rallied for Brown’s freedom, launching a clemency petition that is close to getting the 125,000 signatures necessary to get it delivered to Donald Trump. Until then, Brown remains in jail. She received an Associates Degree from Lipscomb University and is now working on her Bachelors Degree while working side by side with the courts and the Juvenile Justice system as an unpaid consultant.
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