From Slavery To Freedom
Sara Kruzan Out of Prison  Sara Kruzan, who was sentenced at the age of 17 to die in prison, is free. Kruzan was convicted of killing her pimp in a Riverside motel. She contended that he had sexually and physically abused her and groomed her from the age of 10 to work as a child prostitute. The judge acknowledged her horrific life but said the crime of first-degree murder warranted a life conviction.Human Rights Watch posted an interview with Kruzan on YouTube in 2010 in which she tells her story and yet expresses remorse. She says, yes, she deserves prison, but asks: for how long? The video resulted in Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger commuting her sentence to 25 years to life, giving her the possibility of parole. In January 2013, a Riverside judge reduced her murder conviction to second-degree, making her immediately eligible for parole. Governor Jerry Brown signed her parole order and, after 19 years in prison, she was released on Thursday, Oct. 31, from Chowchilla prison. Had Kruzan committed this crime today, many legal experts believe her sentence would have been much more lenient. Because it was so harsh, her case became a cause celébré for advocates of softer prison sentences for juveniles.  Thursday, October 31, 2013 By Amita Sharma

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Commercial Sexual Exploitation is Modern Day Slavery!
Slavery by definition is a system under which people are treated as property and are forced to work. Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation. Legally slavery is abolished, however it still exists. There are at least 25 million children worldwide in a sexual form of slavery every year. Slavery has never disappeared. The 13th amendment was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865 and was ratified on December 6, 1865. The 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the United States, passed the Senate on April 8, 1864, and the House on January 31, 1865. But today in the United States we have more humans enslaved, than before it was abolished!