You may have seen #FreeCyntoiaBrown trending on social media. In 2004, Cyntoia Brown was a 16-year-old teenager who was a victim of human trafficking. She was sold to and picked up by Johnny Allen, a real estate agent. Allen took her to his house and repeatedly raped Brown. Brown ended up shooting and killing Allen.
Brown claimed that it was self-defense, but she was tried as an adult and was convicted of first-degree murder. She is still serving a life sentence in prison. She’ll be eligible for parole when she turns 69. Brown’s former attorney, Kathy Sinback, and Judge Sheila Calloway stated that Brown’s mother was abusive and drank alcohol while being pregnant with her. They stated, “If the jury had looked at this with a different lens, as her being a victim of human trafficking, I think the outcome would’ve been very different.”
Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West, LeBron James, and Rihanna made posts on their social media platforms, calling for justice for Brown. Kardashian West reached out to one of her attorneys to help free her. When Brown heard about the outpouring of support that she was receiving, she was touched. Currently, a group of lawyers are fighting for a new trail so she can be up for parole.