Cyntoia Brown is a young lady who is currently serving life with the eligibility for parole at 69yrs old for killing a 43 yr old man who solicited her for sex at 16 years old in 2004.
When you learn of the abuse this child endured as a child sex slave you have to wonder why our justice system would convict her as an adult instead of making the decision to release her because she was defending her self from further abuse?
Here is what happened:
In 2004 Brown went into Johnny Mitchell Allen’s pickup truck after being solicited for sex. Both of them drove to his home where he immediately took her to his bed. When Brown had the chance she took a .40 caliber handgun and shot him in the head as he lay next to her.
For that act, she was sentenced to life in prison in Tennesee where her only chance of parole will not happen until she is 69 years of age.
Celebrities and people on social media have been calling for her freedom:
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!
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
— OldMan Ebro (@oldmanebro) November 21, 2017
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) November 20, 2017
There is a film that was created about her case that is being spearheaded filmmaker Dan Birman who has been very vocal about her case to the media:
“This is a young girl who’s at the tail end of three generations of violence against women,” Birman told Fox 17 News. Cyntoia, her grandmother, and mother were all raped he explains. “She had no chance.”
The film was able to help change Tennessee laws for kids under 18 who since 2011 cannot be charged for prostitution but Brown is still in jail even with this change.
Cyntoia has been keeping herself busy despite her circumstances, she is now 28 yrs old, she completed her associate’s and bachelors degree and is now working on her Masters all achieved through Lipscomb Universities in jail program.
Derri Smith, the Founder of End Slavery TN, recently shared with Fox 17 News :“She did kill someone, she deeply regrets it, but she was a child and she was being exploited,” Smith said.
“[There’s] no such thing as a child prostitute or a teen prostitute. I think we’ve had to have a cultural mind shift.”
Share your thoughts on this case below! #freeCyntoiaBrown