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#FreeCyntoiaBrown: Teen Sex-Trafficking Victim Sentenced To Life In Prison After Fatally Shooting Her Abuser — Video

A former child sex slave in Nashville was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 16-years-old, after killing the man that bought her for sex. People are taking to social media demanding justice after hearing Cyntoia's tragic story.

Back in 2004, Cyntoia was only 16-years-old when she was arrested for killing a man in Tennessee. The teen was a sex trafficking victim that ran away from home and was living with a 24-year-old man, nicknamed "Cut-throat."

The man reportedly abused her physically and sexually, forcing her to prostitute herself for money.

Cyntoia was picked up in a pickup truck at the age of 16 by a 43-year-old Nashville real estate agent, who intended to pay her for sex.


Brown and the man, Johnny Mitchell Allen, went back to Allen’s home. Cyntoia claimed he began scaring her with his behavior. She claimed she tried to get him to sleep, but he kept getting up and standing over her. 

This prompted Brown to grab a gun from her purse and shoot him in the back of the head with a .40-caliber handgun, as he lay naked beside her. She believed Allen was reaching for his gun when she killed him.

Cyntoia was found guilty in a 2006 trial and was sentenced to life in prison. She’d only be eligible for parole after serving 51 years. She would be 67.


Brown, now 28, is serving a life sentence at the Tennessee Prison for Women.


Dan Birman, a professor at University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, has been telling Brown's story and asking for justice.


Birman has known Brown for 14 years and made a documentary about her life, "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story". 


Cyntoia went on to obtain an associate degree from Lipscomb University while behind bars. She is now working toward a bachelor's degree. Cyntoia is also an unpaid consultant for the Juvenile Justice system.


Birman's documentary on Cyntoia helped change Tennessee law for children in her situation in 2011. Now, anyone 18 or younger can't even be charged with prostitution.

A new law changed in 2011 requires that instead of being marked as "prostitutes," teenage girls are classified as "sex trafficking and manipulation victims." 

The change in the law could have changed Brown's sentence, but she remains in prison due to being sentenced before the law was changed. 

People on social media, even celebrities such as Rihanna and Kim Kardashian, are asking for justice in Cyntoia's case.


Kim Kardashian stated she has contacted her lawyers to seek help for Cyntoia.


Rihanna also called for justice in her post on social media.

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

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