Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West Rally for Cyntoia Brown

Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West Rally for Cyntoia Brown

Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevingne are among a number of celebrities championing the cause of former teen prostitute Cyntoia Brown, who at 16 was sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who paid her for sex.

Cyntoia Brown was only sixteen years old when she was trafficked by a pimp who called himself "Cut-throat". Cut-throat made her prostitute herself for money, which is how she met Johnny Allen, 43, who then took Brown to his home and was acting in a way that made her uncomfortable and afraid. Hours after their meeting, she fatally shot him.

She has already served 13 years of her life sentence, and won't be eligible for parole for another 51 years.

More than a decade after her conviction Brown's case is getting new attention after the hashtag #FreeCyntoiaBrown went viral earlier this week.

As most of us share the same thoughts and views on this case, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian felt the need to express their feelings on the matter publicly as well as offering any help possible.

Brown has suffered horrendous abuse throughout her life and is a victim of sex trafficking.

"We have to do better & do what's right. I've called my attorneys to see what can be done to fix this". Cyntoia came from a broken home, and as a young teenager she began abusing alcohol and drugs.

A petition to free her has almost 200,000 signatures.

She was tried as an adult, and the jury was not told of her mental disability.

The "Work" singer also posted a photo of Brown receiving her Associates of Arts Degree from Lipscomb University's LIFE Program (Lipscomb Initiative For Education).

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At trial in 2004, she was found guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery.

"Your (sic) arrested as a result tried and convicted as an adult and sentenced to life in prison".

It's unclear why celebrities have started shedding light on the injustice of Cyntoia's case now, but their insistence on her freedom is a message that's spreading fast.

Her legal team argued that what transpired that night was the culmination of a traumatic childhood which saw her regularly beaten, choked, dragged and raped for years.

He described Ms. Brown as "extremely remorseful", but said she also thinks "it was unjust what had happened in her life, and what a 40-year-old man was doing to her".

Brown said she panicked when Allen turned to get something from under the bed.

He explains that she is at the tail end of three generations of violence against women - Cyntoia, her grandmother, and mother were all raped.

Were her case heard today, she'd be treated as a child human trafficking victim because of a 2011 change in Tennessee law, which states that anyone 18 or younger can't be charged with prostitution, according to the outlet.

Brown's case drew attention to child sex and prostitution laws in Tennessee.

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