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Cyntoia Brown Granted Clemency for Murder of Man Who Bought Sex With Her When She Was 16

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that he has ordered the early release of Cyntoia Brown, an alleged sex trafficking victim who had been serving a life sentence for the murder of a man who paid to have sex with her when she was 16.

Brown’s case has been championed for years by advocates of trafficking victims, as well as by celebrities including Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna.

In 2004, when Brown was 16, a 43-year-old real estate agent named Johnny Allen picked Brown up at a Sonic Drive-In after agreeing to pay her $150 for a sex act and took her to his home in Nashville. According to Brown, at one point in their encounter she believed Allen was reaching........

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