Rihanna, Kim Kardashian call for justice for imprisoned sex trafficking victim


Rihanna is among several high profile women demanding justice for a woman who has spent the last 13 years in jail for killing the man who held her captive as a sex slave when she was 16-years-old. Brown was living with a 24-year old drug dealer, pimp and armed robber named "Cut-throat", who forced her into prostitution. She was then sold to 43-year-old Nashville realtor Johnny Allen.

The young woman, who was 16-years-old at the time, had been made to work on the streets by her boyfriend, Kutthroat, later telling her trial that she had regularly been beaten and raped in her life.

Prosecutors claim Brown shot Allen to steal from him.

Brown's story has been brought to the world's attention via a documentary done by filmmaker Dan Birman, who has documented her case from trial to her subsequent incarceration. Now, celebrities including Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West and Cara Delevingne are rallying to support Brown's release.

Kardashian has now even asked that her own legal team see if there can be anything done for Brown.

Of the celebrities who have recently become really vocal about the case, Snoop Dogg shared a picture compared Cyntoia's case to Brock Turner who ended up with six months in jail for sexual assault while Kim Kardashian tweeted: 'The system has failed.

"We have to do better and what's right".

"I've called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this", she added.

A habeas corpus petition is pending in the Court of Appeals, but her lawyers have been unsuccessful so far.

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Despite her age, Brown was tried as an adult.

She'll be eligible for parole after serving 51 years, when she is 67-years-old.

The case is getting this renewed attention thanks to a story done at Fox 17 Nashville, delivering an update on Cyntoia's case.

Though she was not convicted for prostitution-her sentence was handed down for first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, and especially aggravated robbery-advocates say the she was referred to at the time as a "teenage prostitute" and that she would not have been handed a life sentence under today's laws.

Cyntoia, her grandmother, and mother were all raped.

The story of a Tennessee teen who was instrumental in the rewriting of the state's human trafficking laws has had her story go viral and is gaining national support for her case. She hopes to earn a bachelor of arts degree by next year, Mr. Bone said. Brown is now serving a life sentence in the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville.

Laws have since changed, partly due to the 2011 documentary, which now state that people 18 or younger can not be charged with prostitution.

Brown has also worked as an unpaid consultant with the juvenile justice system while in prison.

Derri Smith, CEO of End Slavery Tennessee, said on Wednesday that Brown does not deny killing Allen, but is asking for her sentence to be changed to second-degree murder.