Why celebs like Rihanna are sharing the story of Cyntoia Brown

Now 29, Brown was sent to jail over 10 years ago in 2004 for killing a 43 year-old estate agent named Johnny Allen, who paid her for sex when she was 16.

Brown, who was tried as an adult, is a victim of child sex trafficking, having been passed around from pimp to pimp throughout most of her life.

Cyntoia Brown was jailed for life for murder after she shot Johnny Michael Allen dead when she was 16.

But after being taken to Allen's home, Brown grabbed one of her captor's guns and killed him, as she feared that the former army sharp shooter planned to kill her. She became increasingly concerned he was going to harm her and when she thought he reached for a gun, she fatally shot him.

She has already served almost 13 years in prison and, according to Newsweek, will be eligible for parole after serving 51 years behind bars, when she is 67-years-old.

In an interview with Fox 17, filmmaker Dan Birman, who documented several years of her case in the documentary Me Facing Life, discussed the multiple adversities Brown faced in her life.

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Celebrities are speaking out about Cyntoia Brown on social media in order to to raise awareness about her particular plight.

During her time in prison Brown graduated from Lipscomb University with an Associates Degree and has been working as an unpaid consultant for the Juvenile Justice System. "We have to do better & do what's right", Kim Kardashian wrote in her tweet sharing the same picture of the girl. "I've called my attorneys yesterday to see what can be done to fix this", Kim Kardashian wrote on Twitter.

'She had no chance, ' Birman added. Her lawyers say she has also been permanently affected by foetal alcohol syndrome. If she had, the jury likely would have heard something like what she next told the judge. Brown claimed she did not know who Allen was before he solicited her for sex.

A petition asking US President Donald Trump to give Cyntoia a presidential pardon has attracted more than 190,000 signatures, many coming in the days since celebrities began to support her cause. He also suggested that had Brown testified on her own behalf or introduced evidence from a mental health expert, then other issues that would reflect badly on Brown would also have come up. Had the case taken place this year, Brown would have been recognized as a child sex trafficking victim. After being found guilty in a 2006 trial Brown was sentenced to life in prison.

Since Birman's documentary, the laws in Tennessee have changed and now it states that a person has to be 18 years or older to be charged for prostitution and children are automatically considered to be the victim in sex trafficking cases.

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