#FreeCyntoiaBrown Hashtag Demands Justice For Child Sex Slave Who Killed Abuser

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The "Work" singer stood her ground in helping Brown find justice. This is completely insane #freecyntoiabrown'.

The image was taken from 2011 documentary by U.S. filmmaker Daniel Birman, which explores the various abuses suffered by Brown at the hands of her own family, including being beaten, raped and threatened at gunpoint.

"Your arrest as a result tried and convicted as an adult and sentenced to life in prison", it continues.

In the court of social media, Brown's case for early release has already won over an onslaught of celebrity support. Had the case taken place this year, Brown would have been recognized as a child sex trafficking victim.

At just 16 years old, Cyntoia Brown was subjected to physical, sexual and verbal abuse at the hands of a child predator who bought her for sex in 2004. She was living in a motel with the pimp at the time.

She testified that she was repeatedly physically and emotionally abused. He also sexually assaulted her and made her prostitute herself.

In the last 24 hours, numerous petitions have gone up to free Cyntoia. And when she became more panicked, convinced something was going to happen to her, she took out a gun and shot him once in the head.

Brown has said the man was a john, and that she was working as a child prostitute at the time for a man who called himself "Cut Throat".

In 2006, Brown was tried as an adult and the jury rejected her plea of self defense.

At 29, she's spent nearly half her life in prison. Tennessee courts, including the state Supreme Court, have denied numerous appeals and requests for post-conviction relief from Brown.

The film has since prompted changes to the way the USA justice system deals with teenagers facing life sentences. She was found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

"We're hopeful that either the court or the legislature or ultimately the governor will consider her case favorably and shorten her sentence as much as possible", Mr. Bone said. Tennessee now recognizes that there is no such thing as "child prostitution". That's especially harsh for a victim who was forced into prostitution as an underage girl, deprived of her childhood and has suffered so much. America is the only nation that still allows a life sentence without parole for offenders under 18.

However, despite the circumstances of the killing, she was sentenced to life in prison, with no parole for at least 51 years.

In Tennessee, there's a law that requires review of life-sentence terms for teenagers after 51 years, and lawmakers are hoping to pass legislation to allow review after 15 or 20 years, as opposed to 51. Allen bent down and she thought he was picking up a gun, she said.

"When I talked to her about it today she was just really in shock", Sinback told News 2. She ends up dead after a drug overdose not long after she's released.

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