Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Rihanna and others are calling for attention to the old case of Cyntoia Brown, a teenage sex trafficking girl sentenced life imprisonment in 2004.
In awake of on-going sexual harassment and misconduct which revealed names of entertainment czar Harvey Weinsten, Kevin Spacey and Charlie Rose, old case of Cyntoia Brown gets the spotlight.
It’s not everyday that a laymen who is convicted of murder get support and voice from biggies. The most influential celebrities on social media – Kim Kardashian and Rihanna are making noise on their social handle to set free a then, 16-year-old girl who was pushed into sex slavery and convicted of murder.
Following Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, twitter users too joined the bandwagon on social media account with a hash tag #FreeCyntoiaBrown, with an aim to bring awareness of sexual harassment and free a child trafficking victim from life sentence.
Cyntoia Brown was pushed into sex trafficking by her then boyfriend when she was only 16. She was living with a male pimp named “Cutthroat” who abused her physically and sexually. Later he sold to 43-year Johnny Allen from Nashville.
Brown feared that he tried planned to kill her, to protect herself she picked Allen’s gun and shot at him. The court held then a 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown guilty of murder and charged with life imprisonment in 2004. She was convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison and will serve 51 years before she can be considered for patrol.
During her trial, it was revealed Brown had run away from home and was forced into prostitution by “Cutthroat”.
The celebrities are taking up the old case on social media with a hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown, calling ‘Justice’ failed, shame and backward.
Kim 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.
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
Kim Kardashian also tweeted about the case on Tuesday, writing “I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this.”
Singer Rihanna too raised her voice to #FreeCyntoiaBrown on Instagram post. The caption reads, “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!”
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
British model and actress, Cara Delevingne shared the same photo which has Browns’ story adding the caption- “The justice system is so backwards!!! This is completely insane #freecyntoiabrown.”
The Hashtag #freecyntoiabrown is going viral on twitter as more users are coming forward in support of Cyntoia Brown.
only in America can you be kidnapped, sold, raped, & then punished for defending yourself while rapists like Brock Turner walk free. #FreeCyntoniaBrown
— syd (@SydniMyerss) November 21, 2017
— #nonutnovember (@kimayaprovidenc) November 21, 2017
#FreeCyntoniaBrown since when did the definition of justice change? Is this the message we want to give young girls who after tolerating so much pain, finally free themselves and just end up somewhere equally bad?
— Mariam Waqar (@mariamwaqar1997) November 21, 2017
A 16 year old was RAPED & is now in jail for killing her rapist. this system is disgusting & this should worry everyone #FreeCyntoniaBrown
— rachel (@rachel_esteves3) November 21, 2017
— 📎Lesley-Ann Brandt (@LesleyAnnBrandt) November 21, 2017
Brown is 28-year-old now. The jury punished her treating her as an adult and had rejected her plea for self-defense claim.
She utilized the prison time for the best of her as she completed a university degree. Rihanna shared the photo of Brown receiving a degree from her university program.
Derri Smith, CEO of End Slavery Tennessee, said in a statement on Wednesday that, “Brown does not deny killing Allen, but is asking for her sentence to be changed to second-degree murder.”
Those who think Brown should be released or should be treated fairly with the charges can help by sending letters to the head of the state’s parole board and the governor, backing Brown’s clemency petition”, Smith added.
Supporters, who wish to free Brown can sign the petition to FREE CYNTOIA BROWN which at the time of writing has 245,068 signatures.