Celebrities demand justice for jailed sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown

Why Everyone Is Talking About Cyntoia Brown

Celebrities demand justice for jailed sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown

The case is certainly complex.

Fox 17 News also reported that Brown, now 29, earned her Associate's Degree while in prison and is currently working towards her Bachelor's Degree.

She ended up going home with real estate agent Johnny Allen who she alleges started boasting about his extensive gun collection and repeatedly standing over her. She later shot him and stole two of Allen's guns and his wallet.

As Brown never took to the stand during her trial, she gave the jury with very little backstory of her life leading up to the shooting.

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

Cyntoia, her grandmother, and mother were all raped.

Over the last day or so the story of Cyntoia Brown has swept the internet.

"This is a young girl who's at the tail end of three generations of violence against women."
If Brown's case was heard today, she would be viewed as a child sex trafficking victim.

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'The system has failed.

A picture with a caption detailing Brown's harrowing life of repeated rape in the sex-trafficking underworld went viral on Monday, shared by the likes of Rihanna, T.I. and Kim Kardashian, refocusing the attention on what many see as unjust punishment for a girl who had an unthinkable childhood. "I've called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this", Kim Kardashian wrote on Twitter.

"Something is horribly wrong when the system enables these rapists and the victim is thrown away for life", Rihanna wrote.

The Fox report featured a video from Dan Birman, a professor at University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism who has been showcasing Brown's story and also has been pushing for justice.

Laws have changed since her trial.

However, the documentary led to Tennessee law changing, where anyone 18 and younger can't be charged with prostitution.

"She had no chance", Birman said.

A petition on MoveOn.org calling for Brown to receive a presidential pardon has so far garnered over 120,000 signatures across the world. He also suggested that had Brown testified on her own behalf or introduced evidence from a mental health expert, then other issues that would reflect badly on Brown would also have come up.

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