Open thread—A bit of good news unrelated to Trump

Open thread—A bit of good news unrelated to Trump

Sometimes you just have to step away from the manure which is life under Trump and search for good news elsewhere. Fortunately, we have that today.

Cyntoia Brown is a young woman who was serving a life sentence for murder in Tennessee. She was convicted at the age of 16. She had been trapped in prostitution, trafficked as a child sex worker. A man picked her up to have sex with her. At some point, she shot and killed him. She claimed self-defense, but prosecutors alleged that she was trying to rob him.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam just commuted her sentence. Her story had garnered attention as an injustice, and she had been championed by the likes of Rihanna and Gabrielle Union.

As a librarian, I receive training on child sex trafficking. As comfortable middle-class Americans, we think that child sex trafficking is something which happens in other countries. But it’s not. Go to any street where sex workers ply their trade, and you’ll find that the majority of them are either children, or began their lives in sex work as trafficked children. To say that prostitution is a victimless crime is incorrect; the victims are the sex workers themselves.

It’s a little bit of good news that this young woman—who has turned her life around while in prison—will now get a second chance at freedom. As a community we can only give her the love and support she needs in order to succeed.

This is your open thread.



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