Cyntoia Brown, Convicted at 16 of K.i.l.l.i.n.g. Her S.e.x T.r.a.f.f.i.c.k.e.r, Released From P.r.i.s.o.n After 15 Years
Cyntoia Brown, sentenced to 16 years for the murder of her sex trafficker and released after 15 years in prison
Cyntoia Brown, a victim of child trafficking, was released on Wednesday. This decision was hailed by human rights defenders who said their case highlighted the need to fix the country’s criminal justice system.
Brown, 31, was initially sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of one of the men who asked her for sex at the age of 16.
In January then governor. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) Converted his sentence into lobbying by human rights groups, thousands of Americans who signed petitions and wrote letters and celebrities that drew attention attention to his case.
“This victory belongs to Cyntoia, its community, and to thousands of people, including organizers and local defenders, who intervened to seek justice,” said the online organization Color of Change for Equality race.
“The story of Cyntoia,” the group continued, “gives a glimpse into the lives of thousands of women and girls currently incarcerated behind bars, mainly for survival strategies.”
As commentator David A. Love noted in 2018, there is also an overview of how justice is eradicated.
“A virtual death sentence for ex-sex slave Cyntoia Brown contrasts with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s slight wrist slap,” he wrote. “However, it is not surprising that in a society, people are treated differently according to race, class and gender.
“Additional measures must be taken to protect young and vulnerable victims of sex trafficking in our country,” tweeted Kristen Clarke, President and CEO of Civil Rights Bar. “Victims of child trafficking deserve support and security, not imprisonment.”
Brown has spent more than 14 years behind bars.
Brown said in a statement this week that she was eager “to use my experience to help other women and girls who are abused and exploited.”
Although Brown is now out of jail, he is still under state control.
The Tennessee Department of Justice has announced that it would be a 10-year probationary period. During this time, she has to keep a job or be registered in the classroom, attend regular consultations and perform community service.
The ACLU has denounced the “exaggerated decade” the past decade.
“Cyntoia should never have been sentenced so harshly since the beginning,” said the human rights group in January, “and we can not lose sight of the fact that it still has a 10 years of excessive probation “.