Chrystul Kizer, a teenager, could be sentenced to life in prison for killing her s*x trafficker.
Chrystul’s case has garnered controversy and the attention of human rights activists and pressure groups globally.
Her case comes at a time when police and prosecutors across the country are reevaluating how victims of s*x trafficking should be treated, and luckily for Chrystul, the attention this case has received in the media helped raise money for her bail “so she can continue fighting her case from outside of a cage.”
Although Chrystul Kizer, who is now 19, was released on bail, she still faces charges of arson and first-degree intentional homicide, which are punishable by a mandatory life sentence.
Trafficked For S*x
Chrystul initially claimed that she met Volar at a bus stop, but later, she confessed she met him after he responded to an advertisement she had posted on a website “Backpage.com.”
According to her, she was introduced to the website by a girl she knew when she needed money for snacks and school notebooks.
Although she was 16 when she signed up on the website, she told the 33-year-old Randy Volar, who was the first to respond to her ad that she was 19.
“At first, I was nervous, but I told him okay.”
Before long, Chrystul was seeing Volar weekly. She revealed that Volar was always complimenting her colorful wigs, her brown eyes, and her 104-pound body. He took her on dates and let her order steak. He got her a phone, bought her a heart-shaped locket, and let her drive his cars.
She didn’t need to “advertise” herself on Backpage.com again, as he always took her shopping and gave her cash she could share with her sisters, sometimes $500 at a time. She knew what Volar expected in return. But she didn’t think it was wrong. “He was the only friend that I actually had,” she said.
As time went on, Chrystul’s relationship with Volar became more intense, and he became more controlling and aggressive with her. Eventually, Volar began trafficking young Chrystul and taking the money that she made with her other clients to prevent her from gaining any type of independence from him.
During his encounters with her, he was running a hidden camera and collecting the footage. But she wasn’t the only one as there were reportedly dozens of other children that he was doing this with as well, some as young as 12.
However, it is likely that he met these other children under different circumstances. In February 2018, police arrested Volar on charges including child s*xual assault. But Volar spent only one night in prison before he was quickly released without bail.
Mountains of evidence were also uncovered from Volar’s home by the police. This includes a large cache of videos that showed him abusing several children on camera, which Chrystul was reportedly among the victims.
She, however, denied knowing about the other girls, Volar’s arrest, or the videos confiscated by police. She said she didn’t know Volar filmed her.
Chrystul also asserts that Volar knew her real age because he invited her to his house to celebrate her 17th birthday in the summer of 2017.