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Advocates Say Cyntoia Brown's Case Is Part Of The 'Sexual Abuse-To-Prison' Pipeline

Cyntoia Brown's case has resurfaced into the national spotlight, calling into question how the U.S. justice system handles juvenile cases, particularly those involving girls of color.
Yasmin Vafa, the executive director of the human rights organization Rights4Girls, says Cyntoia Brown's case is an example of the "sexual abuse-to-prison" pipeline that leads some of the most vulnerable women and girls into the criminal justice system. Source: Bethany Bandera

In a moment when the country is grappling with issues of sexual misconduct and the abusive treatment of women and girls, a murder case involving a then-teenager who says she was forced into prostitution is back in the national spotlight more than a decade after the key events took place.

A number of A-list celebrities, including Rihanna, LeBron James and Kim Kardashian West, have

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