There are many types of crimes, and there are many types of criminals. Some criminals are murders, some are rapists, some rob from little old ladies in a make money online scheme, and some make the headlines of the NYTimes. However, without a doubt, the lowest form of criminals are the pimps. These bottom of the human barrel criminals manipulate, abuse, rape, and profit from the suffering of young girls day in and day out. Young girls, just like Sara Kruzan, who grow up in broken homes, are forced by these people to give up their most precious human right, the right to self respect and dignity. Pimps manipulate these young girls, tell them they are “special,” treat them like celebrities, such as an Audrina Patridge or a Jennifer Love Hewitt, and then turn around and rape them, beat them, and force them to sell their underage bodies to decrepit pedophiles. If there was ever a prime candidate for the term “lowest of the low,” pimps are it.
When it comes to prosecuting these human refuse, however, one might as well try to get rid of stink bugs. The simple fact is that Pandering, the legal term for what pimps do, is a very difficult thing to prove to a jury. To say nothing of the fact that the girls a pimp “owns” are often times so abused and confused that they will try and protect the very man that makes his living off of their daily degradation. Given that reality, what choice does a young girl like Sara Kruzan have? She knows that if she goes to the police, and they cannot make a case against her pimp, she will get hit, kicked, raped, and hit some more as soon as her pimp finds her. For girls like this there is no escape, there is no protection from the law, and there are no maps to a better life.
Sara Kruzan chose to kill her pimp, a man who had manipulated and raped her from the age of 11. This girl now sits behind bars, hoping that the California justice system will show her some mercy. What Stop Direct File wants to know is how could it not? Born to a home life deprived of parental love, raised by a drug addicted mother, manipulated by a pimp, who promised to be the father she so desperately wanted, and then raped and abused into a life of prostitution — how could any justice system blame her for killing her abuser when she was 16?
There is no question that murder is wrong. However, there are many many times when extenuating circumstances make a person less guilty, or not guilty at all, of a crime. Kill a man in self-defense, for example. A woman who manages to kill a man who is raping her would never be convicted of murder by a jury. Why is it different for Sara Kruzan? The only difference I see is that she lacked the social network necessary to gain access to a decent lawyer.
At an age when more fortunate children are playing Nintendo 3DS, taking guitar lessons at the Guitar Center, or scheming ways of finding the hidden files on their Dads iPad, this poor girl was being raped, manipulated, and sold as a sex toy by a piece of human filth. The fact that she was even prosecuted for killing such a piece of slime is bad enough, but the fact that she was given life without parole is even worse. If there was ever a person who deserved mercy, or a situation where the demands of mercy and justice were the same, it is this one. Free Sara Kruzan.