Cyntoia Brown, a victim of child sex trafficking, whose imprisonment for murdering a forty-three year old man when she was only sixteen inspired a years-long campaign for her release, is publishing her memoir in just a couple months. Her case has had a major impact on laws surrounding sentencing for minors and victims of sex-trafficking.
Now, she’s publishing her story in a new memoir she began writing while serving her sentence.
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Brown was sentenced to life-in-prison in 2004 for shooting a 43-year-old sex trafficker in self-defense. According to NPR:
Brown was convicted of aggravated robbery and first-degree murder for killing 43-year-old real estate agent Johnny Allen, whom she went home with after he picked her up for sex at a Sonic Drive-In in Nashville…She told police that she pulled a pistol out of her purse and fatally shot Allen because she thought he was reaching for a gun.
Earlier this year, Brown was finally released after a 15 year legal battle on the basis of self-defense. Her release made headlines and gave many Americans hope that justice is possible. While incarcerated, Brown earned her GED and a bachelor’s degree, mentored at-risk youth, and began working on a her memoir titled Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System. And now her reflection on her struggle for freedom has a cover:
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According to the Atria Publishing Group, Cyntoia’s story takes the reader on a “rollercoaster ride” detailing her struggle for release. Her book is scheduled to release on October 15, but you should definitely preorder it if you want to get your hands on this heartbreaking and inspiring tale as soon as possible!
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