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.
In 2004, then-16-year-old Brown shot and killed a man who had hired her for sex. She'd been forced into prostitution by her pimp-boyfriend, "Cut-throat", and was beaten, raped and choked on a regular basis. Cyntoia admitted that she shot him because she was scared he would kill her. Based on her sentence, Brown will not be eligible to seek parole until she's 67 years old. You can also watch a PBS documentary, Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story, about Brown's life before and after the sentence, here.
With the case recently resurfacing, Kim chose to take to Twitter use her influence and inform her fans of Cyntoia and the injustice she's been facing. Here are five things you should know about the sex trafficking victim jailed for killing her abuser and her case. "We have to do better & do what's right".
But even without their help, Brown still has a chance of going free because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that says the sentence might be illegal.
Rihanna wrote that something was "horribly wrong" with the justice system that "enables these rapists".
"After days of being repeatedly drugged and raped by different men, you were purchased by a 43-year-old child predator who took you to his home to use you for sex".
If Brown's case were heard today, the court would treat her as a child human trafficking victim. "To each of you responsible for this child's sentence I hope to God you don't have children, because this could be your daughter being punished for punishing already!#FREECYNTOIABROWN #HowManyMore", Rihanna posted on her Instagram. "This is completely insane #freecyntoiabrown".
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Brown's pro bono attorney Charles Bone said Brown was surprised about the outpouring of support for her.
At trial in 2004, she was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.
"We started the conversation, this is a young girl who's at the tail end of three generations of violence against women", Birman said to Nashville news station Fox 17.
This week, high-profile stars have been calling for justice for Brown, sharing a photo and details of her case.
She is now working on her bachelors degree and mentoring other prisoners at the Tennessee Prison for Women.
He was sexually, physically and mentally abusive to the then 16 year-old runaway.