Behind Bars: Human Trafficking Survivor Serves Life Without Parole
Sara Kruzan was raised by an abusive, drug-addicted mother. Her father, a man she met three times in her life, is a stranger to her, living behind bars.
At 11-years-old she met a 31-year-old man named G.G. who made her feel special. He bought her gifts and drove her and her friends to the mall and roller rink – just like a parent would do – but after two years their relationship took on a new role.
At 13-years-old, G.G. forced Sara into prostitution and began molesting her regularly. For the next three years at G.G.’s command she worked the streets twelve hours a night, seven days a week.
At 16-years-old Sara was convicted of killing her pimp and sentenced to life without parole.
After years of suffering repeated sexual violence and abuse, Sara’s escape from the streets of prostitution ultimately handed her a new life behind bars. Today, at 28-years-old, she continues to serve her sentence with no hope of parole or life outside of prison.
This is a tragic story and one that to me seems entirely unjust. Yes, killing another human being is wrong and should be punished, but it is just to take away Sara’s entire future for killing a man that manipulated and abused her repeatedly for years at such a young age? Is life in prison without parole really the answer?
Sara still has a chance at a better life, at a future free from the soiled streets of prostitution, abuse, and rape – but only if the courts allow it. Yes, she should be held accountable for her actions, but she should also be given a chance to heal, reform, and change.
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