Natallie St. Onge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
|Chrystul Kizer, at a court hearing Nov. 15 , is accused of killing her alleged sex trafficker. (Photo: Washington Post photo by Sarah L. Voisin)|
After nearly two years of incarceration in the Kenosha County Jail, child trafficking survivor Chrystul Kizer was released Monday after community activists raised her $400,000 bail.
The case of Kizer, who shot and killed her suspected trafficker after a year of sexual abuse and violence, has drawn international attention from advocates who say she is a victim acting in self-defense and have campaigned for charges to be dropped.
Her bail was raised by a combination of community groups that included the Chrystul Kizer Defense Committee, Chicago Community Bond Fund, Milwaukee Freedom Fund and Survived & Punished.
When Kizer was 16, she posted an ad on a website later seized by the FBI as a forum for prostitution. Kizer said she posted the advertisement to get money for school supplies and snacks. She didn't know who would respond since she was new to the site and had to have another girl show her how to use it.
Kenosha resident Randall P. Volar III was the first to contact Kizer.
At the time they met, Volar was already under investigation by the Kenosha Police Department for sexual conduct with underage girls as young as 12.
He was 33.
From Milwaukee to Kenosha, Volar physically and sexually abused Kizer over a period of months.