This week, the case of a woman named Cyntoia Brown went viral on social media, even though she has already been in prison for more than ten years.
Brown is serving a life sentence for the murder of a Nashville man in 2004. According to Brown, after a childhood marked by abuse and drugs, she was raped and forced into prostitution by a pimp, and ended up killing one of her clients out of self defense when she was just 16 years old.
Despite her youth, she was tried as an adult and given a life sentence.
The details of her crime and trial — including the fact that the man who had paid for sex with her was 43 years old, have started circulating again, catching the attention of A-list celebrities and spawning the viral hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown.
However, even before the renewed interest, her trial inspired a 2011 PBS/American Experience documentary, “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story.”
Read the story at CNN.
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