Petition: Free Woman Who Was Jailed for Life at 16 for Killing Her Rapist

Of all the horrible stories of human rights abuses out there, this is one of the more stomach-turning. A girl who was trafficked as a sex worker and repeatedly raped starting at age 13 is serving life in prison for doing the only thing she could think of to escape: killing her pimp.

Sara Kruzan was only 11 years old when she met the 31-year-old man, G.G., who would become her pimp. With Sara's mother addicted to drugs, Sara was allowed to form an odd relationship with G.G., in which he plied her with gifts and outtings. When Sara was 13, G.G. raped her for the first time. For the next three years, Sara was controlled by G.G., who made her and several other young girls sell themselves for sex seven nights a week for twelve hours at a time.

Seeing no other way out, at age 16, Sara killed G.G.


Despite her young age, her severe trauma, and her status as a child trafficking victim, Sara was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. She was sentenced to a life without the possibility of redemption. She was sentenced to a life without hope.

But a national, grassroots movement is underway to get freedom and justice for Sara....Anti-trafficking, human rights, and youth advocacy organizations from across the country have been sending letters to Gov. Schwarzenegger, asking him to grant Sara's clemency petition and release her with time served.

Now 31 years old, Sara has been a model prisoner who regrets taking G.G.'s life. You can join the more than 21,000 users who have petitioned Gov. Schwarzenegger to grant her release here.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 16, 2010, 4:23am

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