Chrystal Kizer’s story reached national recognition after she killed Randall Volar III in 2018. Kizer was 17 at the time and informed law enforcement that Volar had allegedly sexually assaulted her and other underage girls. Kizer, a Milwaukee resident, was charged with five felonies, including first-degree intentional homicide. In 2008, there was a law called affirmative defense” which states that her actions resulted from being a human trafficking victim in which Kizer’s défense team might argue.
Kizer shot Volar III twice in the head before burning him and his house down. The controversy surrounding the case is Kizer’s, now 20, actions after the killing’; she posted a picture showing Volar’s burned home on her Facebook page. She stole his BMW, money, and laptop. According to a criminal complaint, Kizer allegedly made a Facebook Live video and snapped a selfie after the fire was set and said that she “wasn’t afraid to kill again,” making reference to what some believed were comments toward “rich white individuals.”
Kizer was incarcerated pending trial. However, this past June, several celebrities and community groups raised funds for the 400,000 bail to release her. And over 122,000 people signed a petition asking that the District Attorney’s office drop her case—which they declined.
Kizer claimed she met Volar on the then dangerous site Backpage (now disabled) which allowed sex ads. Kizer said Volar had pinned her to the floor after she refused to have sex with him and this led to the killing.
But lead prosecutor Michael Graveley said Kizer’s actions were pre-meditated. Law enforcement confirmed that before Volar died, they were working on a case against him and that there was an alleged video showing him sexually assaulting multiple black girls. If convicted, Kizer could be sentenced to life in prison, although she could be given a parole at some point. Kizer’s case reopened conversations about Cyntonia Brown, who was convicted as a teenager for murdering a man who she said sold her for sex.
In 2019, Brown was released from prison after serving 15 years when then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam commuted her life sentence. At the time Brown, who was 16 at the time, shot and killed Johnny Mitchell Allen, who was 43.
Brown said Allen paid her for sex. And that while the two were lying in bed, Brown claimed she saw Allen reach for what she thought was a gun.
Brown was 16 at the time and a runaway who lived with her 24-year-old pimp known as “Kut Throat.” Brown claimed, “Kut Throat” raped her and forced her into prostitution. Singer Rihanna, actress Alyssa Milano, and reality television star Kim Kardashian fought on Brown’s behalf, calling for a need in criminal justice reform.
Sex-tracking has gained considerable attention over the past few years. Many so-called influential celebrities are rightfully targeted if warranted. The belief is that singer R. Kelly, indicted in July 2019 on racketeering charges, federal child pornography, obstruction of justice, and sex trafficking of minor, had gotten away with such serious crimes for over a decade. While Kelly has denied all charges, many feel there is solid evidence to prove him guilty. He is set to stand trial later this year.
How Does Human Trafficking Work?
Sex trafficking is the fastest growing crime, with more than 1 million children of all nationalities from around the globe at risk. These figures do not represent cases that go unreported. Most child trafficking cases involve girls between ages 12 to 16; and children under 12 are typically boys.
Traffickers use “guerrilla pimping,” where they employ aggression and violence to force children into sexual activities. Others show kindness and compassion to manipulate their victims by promising them food, money, or shelter.
How to slow down sex-trafficking
Reporting and using instincts are vital even if your hunch is off. Some experts say having the number to the sex-trafficking hotline programmed into your phone is helpful.
Experts say awareness is critical. The more society is informed, especially children, the better equipped.