Sex trafficking victim who killed her alleged rapist at 16 sentenced to life in prison

Celebrities, including pop star Rihanna, have rallied behind a woman who is seeking to be released from prison after serving more than 13 years for murder, as reported by NY Daily News.

Cyntoia Brown, now 29, was sentenced to life behind bars after she killed a man when she was just 16 years old. That’s not the end of the story, however.

Brown, who was tried as an adult, is a victim of child sex trafficking, having been passed around from pimp to pimp throughout most of her life. She testified in court that her childhood consisted of being raped, choked and beaten nearly every day. She also told the court that her pimp, named “cut-throat,” had a gun pointed at her whenever they were together, an unspeakable trauma.

In 2004, she was sold to Johnny Mitchell Allen, a 43-year-old realtor. Brown fought back the rape, killing Allen in the process. Though she claimed she was in fear for her own life when she shot him, she’s spent the last 13 years in jail for that murder.

A documentary filmmaker named Dan Birman has been trying to drum up support for her case for nearly a decade, filming a movie about her in order to increase awareness.

“She had no chance,” Birman told FOX 17, noting that her mother and grandmother had both been victims of repeated rape.

“This is a young girl who’s at the tail end of three generations of violence against women.”

The filmmaker’s efforts are beginning to work. Celebrities have begun sharing Brown’s story, including Kim Kardashian West, rapper T.I. and the aforementioned Rihanna.

“Something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life,” Rihanna said in an Instagram post.

“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!”

Kardashian West shared Brown’s story with her 57 million Twitter followers.

The celebrity even suggested that she was going to get her own lawyers involved.

“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,” she wrote. “We have to do better & do what’s right.”

Derri Smith, the Founder of End Slavery Tennessee, has stated that, though Brown did indeed kill Allen, she has served her time and deserves a second chance.

“She did kill someone,” she said. “She deeply regrets it, but she was a child and she was being exploited.”

Unless the state of Tennessee intervenes on her behalf, Brown will not be eligible for parole until she is 67 years old.

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The sex trafficking victim has managed to accrue a college degree while behind bars and works with the Juvenile Justice system as an unpaid consultant.

Watch more documentary footage about Brown’s life and case below.

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