The world is going crazy over this story and for good reason. It’s sickening.
Imagine being sixteen years old, young, innocent with your whole life ahead of you. Imagine being kidnapped, taken away from your family, imprisoned, raped and finally sold. This was the reality for Cynthoia Brown, a sixteen-year-old girl who was kidnapped and sex trafficked.
This poor girl often had a gun pointed at her, she was drugged and raped by different men before being sold to a 43-year-old salesman from Nashville. She was then kept as a sex slave, abused physically, mentally and sexually.
But this is not the worst part of this story. The worst part is not how she was abused but how she was betrayed and failed by the American justice system. You see, Brown had the courage to defend herself against her abuser and shot him. Was she met with sympathy for the torture she had been through? No! She was sentenced, at the age of sixteen, to life in prison on charges of first-degree murder.
This was back in 2004.
Brown is now 29 years old and is still in prison and she is only eligible for parole in 51 years, at which point she will be 63.
The story of Cynthoia Brown was documented by a filmmaker who followed her life for seven years. This documentary has recently come to light once again and has captured the attention of the world, including many celebrities. Kim Kardashian tweeted: ‘The system has failed. It’s heartbreaking to see a young girl sex trafficked then when she has the courage to fight back is jailed for life! We have to do better & do what’s right. I’ve called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this.’
Rhianna also commented on the case on Instagram. When the celebrities started taking notice the rest of the world did too. This is the power of social media. When the justice of the law fails, the world unites and social media provides it with a voice.
Thousands, potentially millions, of people are calling out on social media in outrage to what is happening to this young woman. And it’s working! The more we talk and share and post about this issue, the more pressure it puts on the authorities to rethink their verdict.
In fact, due to the amount of media influence, a petition has been started to have Brown’s case heard by the parole board. Arguing that Brown was a child when the crime was committed and that the crimes against her were far greater. She has served her punishment and should be allowed to live the rest of her life. The petition has already has over 293180 signatures and more are being added every day.
Help free Cyntoia Brown by signing the petition. We are stronger together and we can make a difference.