After almost two years of being incarcerated in the Kenosha County Jail, a sex trafficking survivor Chrystul Kizer was released Monday after a community of activist raised her $400,000 bail.
Kizer shot and killed her suspected trafficker after a year of sexual abuse and violence. Her story has gained international attention from advocates who say she is a victim acting in self-defense and have campaigned for charges to be dropped.
Her 400,000 dollar bail was raised by a combination of community groups that includes the Chicago Community Bond Fund, Milwaukee Freedom Fund, the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee, and Survived & Punished.
Police found evidence that the accused trafficker was abusing multiple underage black girls. In February 2018, he was arrested and charged, and released without bail.
In June 2018, when Kizer was 17, she shot and killed him, set his Kenosha house on fire, and fled in his BMW. Her bail was originally set at $1 million.
According to BuzzFeed
Chrystul Kizer, a 19-year-old facing a life sentence in prison after being charged with killing the man she says forced her into sex trafficking, was released from jail on Monday after two years in a Wisconsin detention center awaiting her trial.
Kizer was released after a $400,000 bond was paid by the Chicago Community Bond Fund, the Milwaukee Freedom Fund, Survived & Punished, and the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee.
The organizations announced in a post that when Kizer's case ends, the bond money will be used to establish a national bail fund for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
The Chicago Community Bond Fund, an organization that has worked to help bail out people who have been arrested at protests that have taken place across the country in the weeks after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, said that they had been inundated with donations from people across the country and decided to use some of the money to help free Kizer after bailing out protesters in six counties across Illinois.