Child Sex Trafficking Victim in Prison

This has recently come to my attention. A child prostitute (i.e. sex trafficking victim) killed her pimp when she was 16. She was sentenced to life in prison for killing her exploiter. She’s now 31. Has anyone heard of this case before?

A website about Sara Kruzan: http://www.freesarakruzan.org/

8 Responses

  1. Coincidentally, Amanda, I first heard about this yesterday and featured it in my column today as well. Synchronicity, I guess!

  2. More about it here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Kruzan

    There’s actually more to it than a simple case of an abused girl killing to escape an abuser. The murder of her pimp was part of a hit taken out on that guy by a rival drug dealer.

    Still, it is outrageous that several “special circumstances” were used to railroad her into prison for life, while key mitigating circumstances (notably that the murder victim had coerced her into the circumstances she was in, and that in the case of the murder, she was probably little more than a pawn between these two men) were ignored.

  3. Maggie,

    How funny!

    CuriousBlue,

    Thank you for more on this. I didn’t research much because I was just interested in posting it. Still…even if she’s not a completely innocent victim, she certainly seems to be a victim of the justice system. It’s an incredibly harsh punishment for a juvenile offender, especially when there are plenty of male offenders who get nothing (some really malicious cases I’ve read about).

    XX

  4. I agree, Amanda. She certainly doesn’t have to be “completely innocent” for it to be recognized that a great injustice was done. She probably did a whole lot of things that she wouldn’t have otherwise done had she not been pushed into such horrible circumstances. Even if she was criminally liable, any “justice” system worthy of the label would have recognized that rehabilitating her into a normal adult life should have been the primary goal.

    Another appalling fact I found out – James Earl Hampton, the guy who planned and ordered her to carry out the hit *was never even charged*, while she had the book thrown at her. He ultimately did end up in jail, several times in fact, just a few years later, but only after committing a series of violent crimes, including raping a woman in front of her children:

    http://www.youthlaw.org/fileadmin/ncyl/youthlaw/litigation/Kruzan/Kruzan_Final_Appellate_Petition2.pdf

    http://articles.latimes.com/1998/dec/09/local/me-52267

    Don’t you just love American justice?

  5. sara and i were foster sisters and we spent 19months together in 05/06 when i ended up and ccwf for an unrelated crime. there are many details that are not public. sara is the first to say she is not completely innocent and should have done time for what she did. the real issue is the way she was sentenced as an adult and railroaded in the court system. sara is one of the sweetest women i know and of course i may be just a lil bias but i just wanted to bring as much attention as possible to her case before the febuary re sentencing hearing.

    thanks for all the support,
    jules

  6. >>>He ultimately did end up in jail, several times in fact, just a few years later, but only after committing a series of violent crimes, including raping a woman in front of her children>>>

    If they’d gotten this fucker earlier, the rape would’ve never happened. Yup, that’s the justice system for ya.

  7. Jules,

    Yes, Sara has done her time and then some. This is someone who needed real help and a prison cell is not that help. Thank you for coming here. I support Sara’s freedom.

    XX

  8. I don’t think “completely innocent” was an option she was ever given.

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