Sex trafficking victim, Cyntoia Brown has been granted clemency from Tennessee Govorner, Bill Haslam, after serving 15 years in prison for killing her “pimp”.
The man, then 24 years old, Johnny Allen, allegedly forced Brown into prostitution at the age of 16. According to reports, Brown shot and killed Allen who raped her and forced her into prostitution. Brown admitted to the killing and was sentenced to life in prison.
In August, Cyntoia Brown will be released under the conditions that she will need to attend counseling, perform 50 hours of community service and maintain a paying job.
The Huffington Post reports:
In December, Tennessee’s Supreme Court ruled that Brown must remain in prison for at least 51 years before she was eligible for release. A lawsuit was filed on her behalf arguing that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles was unconstitutional. The court rejected that contention, leading the Women’s March to announce nationwide protests for Brown and other sex-trafficking victims on Jan. 19.
Celebrities, including Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna, publicly joined those supporting Brown after PBS produced a documentary, “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story” in 2011. (SOURCE)
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