Human Traffic Watch

Sex trafficking survivor still in jail

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on September 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

The fate of child sex trafficking victim Sara Jessimy Kruzan was put on hold Tuesday after Riverside District Attorney Paul Zellerbach was granted a 30-day deadline extension in response to Kruzan’s request for a new trial for shooting and killing her former pimp.

Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison at 16 years old after being convicted of the 1994 murder of convicted pimp George Gilbert “G.G.” Howard. Kruzan testified that James Earl Hampton, G.G.’s rival, ordered her to commit the murder and threatened to kill her if she did not comply. Although Kruzan, now 34, was a minor at the time, special circumstances of the trial upheld a mandatory life prison sentence.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reduced Kruzan’s life sentence term to 25 years with the chance of parole in January 2011. Kruzan is currently serving her 18th consecutive year in prison at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla.

According to many anti-human trafficking activists, including Daphne Phung, Founder and Executive Director of California Against Slavery, Kruzan’s high profile case is a trailblazer in the fight to end modern-day slavery.

Source: Daily Titan

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