The Cyntoia Brown Story
The tragic story of Cyntoia Brown is now back in the forefront and many are demanding justice for the former child sex slave who is serving a life sentence for murdering a man who purchased her for sex.
Below you will find 8 things you need to know about Cyntoia:
Cyntoia’s biological mother, Georgina Mitchell, was 16-years-old when she became pregnant with her. She admits to drinking up to a fifth a day while pregnant.
Georgina began using crack cocaine when Cynthoia was 8-months-old put her up for adoption when she was 2-years-old and was taken in by Ellenette Brown.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Due to her mother’s heavy drinking during her pregnancy, Cyntoia suffers from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder which affected her brain and showed up on medical brain scans. The disorder also causes Cyntoia to suffer from paranoia.
Child Sex Slave
Despite having a somewhat stable home with Ms. Brown, the lack of stability and mental development led to Cyntoia becoming a runaway. She was forced into prostitution by a pimped known as “Kutthroat,” who brandished guns at her, raped her and beat her.
On August 6, 2004, Cyntoia Brown was picked up by a 43-year-old real estate agent named, Johnny Allen, who negotiated sex with the teen for $150. He took her back to his home.
Cyntoia shot him in the back of the head with a .40-caliber handgun and confessed she was afraid he was reaching for a gun to kill her.
Cyntoia was arrested for Johnny Allen’s death. After six hours of deliberating, a jury convicted Cyntoia of first degree murder, felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.
Under Tennessee law, the 16-year-old was sentenced to life in prison. She will be eligible for parole after serving 51 years. She will be 67.
Under today’s laws, Cyntoia Brown would have been treated as a child human trafficking victim.
Justice For Cyntoia
Many people are becoming aware of Cyntoia Brown’s tragic story and are calling for her release.
In addition to clemency groups who are working diligently to get justice for Cyntoia, celebrities like Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, T.I. and others are speaking out in support of her.
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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
Cyntoia Brown’s Story
Cyntoia Brown is now 28-years-old and is still behind bars.
A petition has been launched seeking a presidential pardon or a new trial for
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