The teenage sex trafficking victim who was sentenced to 51 years in jail for shooting her abuser The teenage sex trafficking victim who was sentenced to 51 years in jail for shooting her abuser
CYNTOIA Brown is serving a life sentence for killing the man who bought her as a sex slave. Now celebrities are calling for her... The teenage sex trafficking victim who was sentenced to 51 years in jail for shooting her abuser

CYNTOIA Brown is serving a life sentence for killing the man who bought her as a sex slave. Now celebrities are calling for her release. WARNING: Graphic content.

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SOCIAL media is awash with this face today.

The picture shows Cyntoia Brown. In 2004, at the age of 16 she was sex-trafficked by a pimp nicknamed “Kut-throat” in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cyntoia came to be in Kut-Throat’s company after running away from home, and needing a place to stay.

After days of being repeatedly drugged, raped by different men at gunpoint and choked until she passed out at his hotel room, she was purchased by a real estate agent for sex.

Cyntoia Brown was arrested for shooting the man who purchased her as a child sex slave. Picture: Shelley Mays/The Tennessean via AP

Johnny Allen, 43, took her to his home. She said that she was terrified of Allen, who behaved in a threatening manner, had multiple guns in his home and had experience in the military. While laying in bed, Allen rolled over and she thought he was reaching for one of his guns on the floor.

She shot and killed him with a gun she kept stashed in her handbag.

The teenager was arrested for murder, tried and convicted as an adult. In 2006 she was sentenced to life in prison and will be eligible for parole when she is 69 years old.

Fox 17 Nashville recently published a report on Cyntoia’s life in prison, and it has brought renewed attention to her case.

That is why the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown is trending and celebrities including Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West and Cara Delevingne are posting messages of support.

There is also a petition circulating calling for a potential presidential pardon. It currently has over 100,000 signatures.


The justice system is so backwards!!! This is completely insane #freecyntoiabrown

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A large part of the tragedy lays in the timing of Cyntoia’s sentencing. In 2017, she would be classified a sex slave and the court would treat her as a child human trafficking victim.
However, that wasn’t the case back in 2004 when she was arrested. The laws were completely different back then.

Had Cyntoia been sentenced today, the outcome would have been different. Picture: Jae S. Lee/The Tennessean via AP

Derri Smith, the Founder of End Slavery TN, told Fox 17 “she did kill someone, she deeply regrets it, but she was a child and she was being exploited”.

Filmmaker Dan Birman spent seven years documenting Cyntoia’s case.

He explains that she is at the tail end of three generations of violence against women — Cyntoia, her grandmother, and mother were all raped.

“She had no chance,” Birman said.

Cyntoia was arrested when she was just 16 years old.

In her 2004 trial, Cyntoia’s mother testified drinking at least “a fifth” (750ml) of alcohol a day while pregnant. On appeal, Cyntoia’s lawyers were able to show she suffered from Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder which affected her brain and showed up on medical brain scans.

But it wasn’t enough to keep her out of jail.

Birman’s film on Cyntoia helped change Tennessee law for children like her in 2011. Now, anyone 18 or younger can’t be charged with prostitution.

If this law had been in place when Cyntoia was facing trial, it may have had an effect on the outcome and her severe sentence could have possibly been avoided.

Cyntoia, now 29, has earned her Associate’s Degree from Lipscomb University while in prison and is currently working towards her Bachelor’s Degree.

She is also working side-by-side with the courts and the Juvenile Justice system as an unpaid consultant.

“I myself can create opportunities to help people [behind bars],” Cyntoia said.

In this Dec. 18, 2015 photo, inmate Cyntoia Brown of the Tennessee Prison for Women delivers a commencement address before receiving her associate degree from Lipscomb University. Picture: Ricky Rogers /The Tennessean via AP


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  • Maria crawfeord

    2017-11-23 #1 Author

    This is so sad i hope she gets justices


    • Donnis

      2017-12-01 #2 Author

      I totally agree this is so wrong in many ways she should be free it’s obvious she had a bad life and didn’t know any better


  • Latasha

    2017-11-23 #3 Author

    I feel so sad she had to go threw that


  • Esha

    2017-11-23 #4 Author

    This is very heart breaking and very sad


  • Layla01

    2017-11-23 #5 Author

    What a Justice System we have .. I am so sad


  • Cynteria Spires

    2017-11-23 #6 Author

    This is sad . I honestly think they gave her a harsh sentence when she was a victim.


  • Shanelle Watson

    2017-11-23 #7 Author

    I feel deeply sorry for this young lady because she was raped and exploited she goes to jail for protecting herself ?! this Justice is not real Justice and I hope someone helps her God bless.


  • Sandi

    2017-11-24 #8 Author

    This is so messed up in so many levels. This poor young lady was raped n sold n to get away she had to choose wether to live or be killed n she is in jail until she’s69…. Naaa that’s messed up


  • Kaycee

    2017-11-24 #9 Author

    I wonder the kinda world we live in… It’s so painful and disheartening to see wat people actually call justice


  • iya

    2017-11-24 #10 Author

    Your commentthis is really bad i feel awful to see her like this i pray she gets what she truely deserves


  • Fatira

    2017-11-24 #11 Author

    Very very sad !


  • Desiree

    2017-11-24 #12 Author

    I feel so bad for her, and what she’s going through.


  • Brittney Shakur

    2017-11-24 #13 Author

    Praying she gets justice


  • Makala

    2017-11-24 #14 Author

    That is ridiculous, that young lady went through hell with that man and I’m pretty sure her only way out was to kill him, I’m just so disgusted with the system.


  • Kala

    2017-11-24 #15 Author

    I mean what do you expect, the system so rigged and jacked up… But I’m more than sure her only way out was to kill I’m disgusted with the system.


  • Belén aguirre

    2017-11-24 #16 Author

    Que triste. Me supongo que fue justo lo que ella hizo.


  • Taylor Booker

    2017-11-24 #17 Author

    I don’t think this is fair ! The young girl already been through a lot. She don’t even know how it feels to live a normal life like a teenager. How can they just throw her away like that? Something has to be done. What if it was one of their daughters I wonder what the outcome would have been.


  • Beanca

    2017-11-25 #18 Author

    The court system so backwards🙍


  • Shardae jung

    2017-11-25 #19 Author

    This is so sad she needs justice


  • James

    2017-11-25 #20 Author

    She needs justice


  • Lynncoyia

    2017-11-25 #21 Author

    Praying for justice and peace for this little girl. This is so sad.


  • Tasha

    2017-11-25 #22 Author

    The justice system is really against us. She didn’t deserve life. She was rape. Raped from her childhood her morals and respects. Justice need to be served


  • Temisha

    2017-11-25 #23 Author

    Justice for her 🙏


  • Aisha thomas

    2017-11-26 #24 Author

    She deserves to be home


  • Anyia

    2017-11-26 #25 Author

    I honestly dont think she should be in jail for what she dod because those men took her dignity amd respect away from her with a choice 💯


  • Brian Knight

    2017-11-26 #26 Author

    This is pretty sick. Shouldn’t this fall in some form of self defense?


  • Angelica

    2017-11-26 #27 Author

    This is sad! I can’t imagine what she going through.


  • Jameria

    2017-11-26 #28 Author

    This is so unjustice!


  • Darren Love

    2017-11-27 #29 Author

    Wow that’s crazy where’s the justice


  • Tiara

    2017-11-27 #30 Author

    I just don’t think that she should be locked up


  • Kiki Red

    2017-11-27 #31 Author

    This is so sad … the justice system has failed this girl miserably


  • Kiki Red

    2017-11-27 #32 Author

    This is so sad praying she get the justice she deserves


  • Eria Kirangwa Maxwell

    2017-11-27 #33 Author

    Some times justice is unfair or i call it evil, much as she needs justice, the trafficker did not need justice.


  • Dree

    2017-11-27 #34 Author

    I watched her documentary on YouTube and this story is heartbreaking


  • Dalisha little

    2017-11-27 #35 Author

    This is sad they’ve got to do better


  • Noble

    2017-11-27 #36 Author

    She should be released


  • TyeJasha

    2017-11-27 #37 Author

    This is messed up, I hope she gets her justice 🙏🏽💔💯


  • ronalie

    2017-11-27 #38 Author

    heartbreaking 😢 very sad


  • Tanya Walker

    2017-11-27 #39 Author

    I feel really bad for the young lady I hope the judge and jury can feel her pain an she be let go an live her life


  • Savien

    2017-11-27 #40 Author

    This is so sad I feel really bad for her


  • Tooty

    2017-11-27 #41 Author

    This is so sad. I really hope something gets done about this


  • Lonyea Coleman

    2017-11-27 #42 Author

    Wow !!! The system is so screwed up !!! I pray she gets justice as well as the millions of others washed up and wrongful put in jail .


  • Rosa

    2017-11-27 #43 Author

    Free her she’s innocent


    • gab

      2017-12-02 #44 Author

      I hope she gets the Justice she really deserves and someone actually helps her fight this


  • Angela BRANCH

    2017-11-27 #45 Author

    The justice system is really tearing down our nation because of the simple fact we can’t get justice in the one place that we should feel safe so were now do we go to


  • Kyasia

    2017-11-27 #46 Author

    So much for sex trafficking rights


  • Infinity

    2017-11-27 #47 Author

    I hope she gets the Justice she really deserves and someone actually helps her fight this


  • Monaee

    2017-11-28 #48 Author

    This is sad she young she didn’t deserve that


  • Shay

    2017-11-28 #49 Author

    Omg thats so crazy…So much is happening in this world man…


  • Lamar London

    2017-11-28 #50 Author



  • Ceandra

    2017-11-28 #51 Author

    Such a sad case 😫


  • Kesha Pendleton-McClinton

    2017-11-28 #52 Author

    This is so sad. It makes me tear up knowing that this young lady was sentence with 51 years, because someone stole her childhood. 😭😭😭😭


  • Lamiss

    2017-11-28 #53 Author

    This is so sad. I hope she gets her justice 🙏🏾


  • Toteanna Reeves

    2017-11-28 #54 Author

    This is so sad this made me cry because she finally stood up for herself an now she doing time she needs justice


  • Kieara

    2017-11-28 #55 Author

    Yes this is very said why even sentence her after all she was put through


  • Jaya Robinson

    2017-11-29 #56 Author

    This is so sad all this goes to show is how the system constantly fails us!


  • Zhanee

    2017-11-29 #57 Author

    She shouldn’t be serving anytime for What she did , she was protecting herself


  • Janae

    2017-11-29 #58 Author

    So sad glad she getting her self together tho


  • Censere

    2017-11-29 #59 Author

    This is so Sad , Its so messed up That You Can’t even defend yourself these Days without being Accused of being guilty. Pray everything works out for her.


  • Jayy

    2017-11-29 #60 Author

    Shes getting punished for finally standing up for herself. Sad!!


  • Erica H

    2017-11-29 #61 Author

    So sad things like this happen to people how are only trying to protect themselves.


  • Jasmine

    2017-11-30 #62 Author

    That’s horrible


  • Lavena

    2017-11-30 #63 Author

    Wow!!!! Heartbreaking and very disturbing


  • Emiselis soto

    2017-11-30 #64 Author

    This is so sad were is justes here


  • Dana

    2017-11-30 #65 Author

    I️ been following this story for a few years now and I️ cried from the first time I️ watched her story on YouTube I️ hope she get justice soon


  • Heaven Moore

    2017-12-01 #66 Author

    The system has failed us once again smh


  • L.B

    2017-12-01 #67 Author

    Although an act of Gun violence isint a way out, she used self defense to save her own life due to her back being against the wall for all those years of frustration out of fear. I hope she gets Justice served. No man should never abuse a woman mentally, emotionally nor physically. Not acceptable!


  • Ke’Shae

    2017-12-01 #68 Author

    She needs to be freed! , such a sad thing to go too jail for protecting herself


  • Alexis harris

    2017-12-01 #69 Author

    I been reading this story for some years. It’s crazy how it’s just now coming out. Hopefully she’s freed.


  • Kataria

    2017-12-01 #70 Author

    Very tragic situation!


  • Tanequa

    2017-12-01 #71 Author

    Its shouldn’t take 13 yrs for this to get looked into. Hoping she gets justice.


  • Leondra Jones

    2017-12-01 #72 Author

    It’s always the ones trying to defend themselves who end up being punished!!! FREEEEE HERRRRR !!!!!


  • Erica

    2017-12-01 #73 Author

    It’s so sad how the judicial system failed her. To me what she did was self defense, she had no choice but to defend herself. I hope they release her. 🙁


  • Brandy Allen

    2017-12-01 #74 Author

    Wow!!! This is so sad she so young


  • Diamond

    2017-12-01 #75 Author

    I felt so bad for this young lady . The system really needs to be fixed because she’s a victim and look at how she’s suffering


  • shykera

    2017-12-01 #76 Author

    This horrible she has to sit in jail for defending herself.


  • Shay

    2017-12-01 #77 Author

    This is so sad 😭


  • Tamera

    2017-12-02 #78 Author

    Praying she gets justice 🙏🏾


  • Yeshi

    2017-12-02 #79 Author

    So sad that she went through so much being with that guy now she has to suffer even more. #justice


  • Deja

    2017-12-02 #80 Author

    That’s beyond sad like she hasn’t even had a chance to live her life 😒 I honestly feel like she shouldn’t have been given any time for this because of what she’s been through 🤷🏽‍♀️


  • Erica

    2017-12-02 #81 Author

    This is such a sad story I just hope she gets justice


  • Javae smith

    2017-12-02 #82 Author

    Omg , this is so crazy. She needs justice


  • Jasmine

    2017-12-02 #83 Author

    This is just so sad for her! I hope she gets justice


  • Brianna

    2017-12-02 #84 Author

    I Pray She gets Justice.


  • Tyeisha

    2017-12-04 #85 Author

    Why be so harsh on someone that was obviously defending themselves 🤦🏾‍♀️ I feel so bad for her. Praying she gets justice.


  • Tia

    2017-12-05 #86 Author

    Omg this so not right and unfair. Reallly hope she gets justice! It was only self defense


  • Sha’Kla

    2017-12-06 #87 Author

    In My Eyes She’s The Victim, It Saddens Me That Our Justice Means Nothing To The Society.


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