Earlier this week we reported on the case of Cyntoia Brown, whom was a former child sex slave who was abducted at the age of 16. She was able to escape her captor by shooting and killing him.
During her time in captivity she was raped on numerous occasions, to which the abuse caused her to be paranoid of her surroundings. Brown decided one day she had had enough of the abuse and shot and killed her captor, freeing herself from being a sex slave.
One would think a situation like Brown’s would have the justice system sympathizing with her, and jubilant she was able to escape her captor; however that was not the case.
She was put up on trial for murdering her captor, in 2004, and was convicted. Sentenced to serve time in prison and would only be eligible for parole when she turned 67 years old.
Since this case a documentary was produced by filmmaker Dan Birman. He attempted to bring legislative and social change regarding child sex slavery. FOX 17 reported that the film did in fact have an effect on Tennessee, to which the legislature revised the law on child prostitution to help others in Brown’s situation, rather than punish them.
When Brown’s story went viral this week, celebrities lamented their outrage.
British model Cara Delevingne wrote an Instagram post: ‘The justice system is so backwards!!! This is completely insane #freecyntoiabrown.’
Singer Rhiana also posted on Instagram: ‘We somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way??’ she wrote in an Instagram post, ’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!’
But it is Kim Kardashian who is sending legal assistance to help Cyntoia Brown, employing her whole team of lawyers to come up with a solution.
Via the Daily Mail: The reality TV star, who has been vocal in her disgust at Brown’s case, has instructed her lawyer Shawn Holley to help the campaign – and that as well of Alice Johnson’s – another prison inmate whose case has gone viral.
Johnson, a 62-year-old grandmother and former FedEx worker, is 21 years into a life sentence for her first-time, nonviolent drug conviction, where she acted as a messenger between drugs rings.
‘Kim asked me several weeks ago how she could help Alice Johnson in her fight for justice. We then began corresponding with Alice and her team of lawyers,’ Holley told the Daily News.
‘Since then, Kim has championed the cause of Cyntoia Brown and asked me to help her get involved in that effort as well,’ Holley continued.
Then 16-year-old Brown was sex trafficked by a pimp named Kutthroat who was physically, sexually and verbally abusive and eventually sold her to 43-year-old Nashville realtor Johnny Allen, a court heard during her trial in 2004.
The case is getting new attention after a tweet showing Brown in court with the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown, went viral on Monday.
Kardashian tweeted: ‘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’.