Sex Trafficking Victim Cyntoia Brown Has Been Granted Clemency

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7 January 2019

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Cyntoia Brown has been granted clemency by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

The 30-year-old was tried as an adult for murdering a man in what she says was self-defence when she was just 16-years-old.

Her case has attracted world-wide attention, with celebrities including Rihanna, Cara Delavigne, Snoop Dogg and Kim Kardashian calling for her release.


She was forced into sex work by a man who she claims would frequently choke her, pull guns on her and emotionally abuse her. In 2004 Nashville real estate agent Johnny allen was found naked at his home, he’d been shot in the head.

While Brown claimed she shot him in self-defence – and that he was reaching for a gun as she shot him, prosecutors say she shot him in order to rob him.

In 2006, Cyntoia was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery, and was later sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Even though she was a juvenile when sentenced, she was tried as an adult.


 She will be released on August 7 this year. 

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