Celebrities such as Rhianna, Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevigne are calling for Cyntoia (now 29-years-old) to be released from prison and are circulating an image on Instagram with some accompanying text that reads: "Imagine at the age of 16 being sex-trafficked by a pimp named "cut-throat". In the 13 years since her imprisonment, however, laws have changed, and although the courts now understand and support child victims of sex trafficking, Brown languishes in jail. Her plea of self-defense did not hold water with the jury who found her guilty of murder and aggravated robbery. "Did we somehow change the definition of #JUSTICE along the way??", the pop star wrote.
In 2004, Brown was living with a 24-year-old man known as "Cut-throat" who repeatedly abused her and forced her into prostitution.
Cyntoia, her grandmother, and mother were all raped.
Delevingne called the justice system "backwards" and "completely insane" on Instagram.
Brown's advocates told the Times that she has been a model inmate, earning a G.E.D. and an associate degree over her thirteen years behind bars. I called my attorneys yesterdays to see what can be done to fix this.
Brown was picked up one night by a 43-year-old man who took her home and showed her his gun collection, bragging about being an expert marksman, which made her fear that the man would hurt or kill her, given the physical abuse she had suffered.
Brown shot Allen in the back of the head while he lay naked in his bedroom in August 2004, according to court documents.
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Laws have since changed, partly due to the 2011 documentary, which now state that people 18 or younger can not be charged with prostitution.
Watching her be questioned by the prosecutor during her transfer hearing (which would decide whether she gets charged as a juvenile or as an adult) in the documentary is excruciating. Now in Tennessee, the court would treat Brown as a child human trafficking victim.
A US Supreme Court decision a year ago compelled states to review their policies on mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for people convicted of crimes when they were minors.
As it stands though, Cyntoia won't be eligible for parole until she's 69 years old. She did not say she was "sold" to him.
Mr. Bone said his client hopes to focus her energy on combating sex trafficking. "She was thrilled by the fact that people really cared".
Brown's case drew attention to child sex and prostitution laws in Tennessee.
The hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown has now been trending on Twitter and public interest is mounting behind the case.