Sex trafficking survivor shares her story at Texas Tech Diversity Banquet
A survivor of human trafficking spoke to students at Texas Tech's School of Law Wednesday morning.
At 16-years-old, Cyntoia Brown-Long was a sex trafficking victim and was arrested for killing a man who solicited her for sex. Brown-Long was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole for 51 years. Her life took a turn when the prison education principal encouraged her to build a positive life in prison. After 15 years, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam commuted her sentence. Brown-Long was released on Aug. 7.
Brown-Long now speaks as an advocate for women and children in the justice system.
"There at the law school you're learning about, you know, what's considered the fabric of our country. And you know, the system that everyone is finding so hard to change, you're learning how it works. So you're leaning how you can create change, how you can overhaul these practices that are impacting people in such negative ways," she said.
She also was a keynote speaker at Tech's Celebrate Diversity Banquet Wednesday evening, touching on how diversity and inclusion played a role in her story.