Everything you need to know about sex trafficking victim, Cyntoia Brown

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Everything you need to know about sex trafficking victim, Cyntoia Brown

Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old in 2006 when she was picked up by a 43-year-old man who paid her for sex. He ended up dead by her hand that same night. At the time she was living with a pimp who had been selling her, violently abusing her sexually, mentally, and physically while also providing […] The post Everything you need to know about sex trafficking victim, Cyntoia Brown appeared first on VOGUE India.

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Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old in 2006 when she was picked up by a 43-year-old man who paid her for sex. He ended up dead by her hand that same night.

At the time she was living with a pimp  who had been selling her, violently abusing her sexually, mentally, and physically  while also providing her with drugs.

She was convicted for murder ”as an adult ”and sentenced to life in prison.  She will be eligible for parole after she turns 69.

If Brown were tried as a minor, she would have been released by age 19. Although the Supreme Court  ruled in 2010  that mandatory life sentences for juveniles without the possibility of parole or automatic review are unconstitutional, that decision does not apply to Brown due to Tennessee law.

Tennessee law requires an automatic review of life sentences after 51 years; at least 183 people in the state are  serving life sentences  for crimes committed when they were teenagers.

Brown’s case re-entered the spotlight this month after a group of celebrities including Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna and Snoop Dogg  posted their support  on social media with the hashtag, #FreeCyntoiaBrown.

An  online petition  urging Tennessee’s governor to consider clemency for Brown has garnered more than 4,000 signatures.

Brown recently graduated with an Associates of Arts degree with a GPA of 4.0 from Lipscomb University’s LIFE Program (Lipscomb Initiative For Education), and she will soon earn her Bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb.

This story is likely returning to the spotlight because more women are coming forward about sexual abuse. Brown hopes her case has an impact on how the criminal justice system treats children who are victims of sex trafficking.

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