Ms. Cyntoia is a social media sensation. She is everywhere on the web. No, she’s not a movie star, and no she’s not the long-lost daughter of a movie star, but she is a lost child; that lost child rests in all of us. Herein, lies the newly found support she is getting from movie stars; Kim Kardashian, Rhianna, and LeBron James, who are taunting social injustice – her injustice. But this time, they are right and have a platform to espouse all the injustices perpetrated in this world; all is wound up tightly in this young girl.
Not only are stars coming out to denounce her trial, but a prominent Los Angeles attorney, Shawn Holley, is taking on her appeal case –pro bono!
This is her story. At the time she was a 16 year old juvenile (now 29), a child caught up in sex-trafficking. Her pimp and part-time boyfriend, Kutthroat, set her up with a 43 year- old john, who she killed, and received a life-sentence. Cruel and unusual punishment is the complaint, and a movement to re-write a Tennessee law –disallowing courts to give life sentences to juveniles, is in process. There are 3 states; Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Michigan that have 2/3 of their prison population allotted to juveniles serving life sentences! Wow, that’s a lot.
However, there is a bigger, underlying problem, and point of discussion raising the social media discussion into a frenzy. Here’s the question, “who’s at fault?” Cyntoia, an abused child or the sex-trafficker? Here’s the defense, states Fox News writer, Christopher Carbone:
“[Cyntoia] was a victim of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. She was on the tail end of three generations of women being abused. Her birth mother had been raped and Cyntoia was born from that rape,” filmmaker Dan Birman, who spent seven years studying Brown’s case for his 2011 film “Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story,” told Fox News. “How does any kid survive that? We want to throw away our children? I think that’s a bad idea.”
Needless to say, the sex trafficking business is a $$$billion dollar industry – worldwide. Are young girls, and boys, forever going to be fodder to these pimps? When is law enforcement going to end the sex-trade business? Will our under- privileged and abused children be a constant reminder to us – there is a luck-of the-draw? Is that their purpose? Hope not!
By Sharla Esparza