Celebrities Campaign To Free Sex Slave Jailed For Killing Abuser

by : Francesca Donovan on : 22 Nov 2017 08:15
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A small army of celebrities have put their platforms to good use, campaigning for the release of a young woman who was sentenced to life in prison, for killing her sex trafficking captor.

Cyntoia Brown was sex trafficked by a pimp named Kutthroat, who was physically, sexually and verbally abusive before she was eventually sold, aged just 16, to 43-year-old Nashville real estate businessman, Johnny Allen.


In a fatal confrontation, Brown feared Allen – a former Army sharp shooter – planned to kill her and grabbing one of her captor’s guns, killed him, a court heard during her trial in 2004.


Brown was sentenced to life in prison. She won’t be eligible for parole for at least 51 years and is currently serving her sentence at the Tennessee Prison for Women.

Her case has garnered public attention, with the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown going viral, alongside a picture of the young woman and her devastating story.


Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and Cara Delevingne are among the public figures who’ve lent their powerful voices to help Cyntoia, in the face of this incredible injustice.

Kardashian has apparently called her own forceful legal team to see if they can help Brown, tweeting:

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!


British model Cara Delevingne was also horrified, writing in an Instagram post:

The justice system is so backwards!!! This is completely insane #freecyntoiabrown.

The justice system is so backwards!!! This is completely insane #freecyntoiabrown

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In an impassioned message, Rihanna wrote:


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!

Cynotoia Brown was let down by the system at every turn. Her mother testified in court how she drank heavily – a fifth of a gallon of liquor daily – while pregnant with Brown who had fetal alcohol syndrome, which can cause mild to severe mental birth defects.

Cyntoia was a runaway who was forced into prostitution by a then 24-year-old ‘Kutthroat’, birth name Garion McGlothen, who repeatedly hit, choked, and dragged her – almost always having a gun pointing at the young girl.


Before she was sold to Allen, whose home was full of guns, she’d repeatedly been raped and given drugs, which she said made her paranoid and enforced her belief Allen was going to kill her.

Since Cyntoia’s story featured in a PBS special, Me Facing Life, many are asking how the injustice and mistreatment of a sex-trafficking victim could have occurred.

In her 2004 trial, prosecutors said the motivation for murder had been robbery as the teen had taken Allen’s wallet and guns after shooting him.

Brown was sentenced to 51 years to life for first degree murder and prostitution at the Tennessee Prison for Women – the shocking sentence actually helped change the laws surrounding child sex slaves and today, minors cannot be charged with prostitution.

Subsequently, Tennessee enacted a new law which grants immunity to children who are forced into prostitution before the age of 18, reports Fox 17.


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Brown, now 29, has completed her associate’s degree behind bars and is reportedly working on her bachelors.

She also works as an unpaid consultant for the Juvenile Justice system.

She won’t be eligible for parole for at least 51 years. She’ll be 69 years old.

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Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

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