Ashton Kutcher’s Organisation Has Saved 6,000 Sex Trafficking Victims
In 2008, Ashton Kutcher founded an organisation with his ex-wife Demi Moore called Thorn. Thorn’s ultimate goal is to eliminate the sex trafficking and child exploitation over the internet. Since it’s debut, Thorn has helped rescue an astonishing 6,000 trafficking victims. In addition, 2,000 traffickers have been caught.
Kutcher recently appeared on the US morning program The Today Show with hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda where he discussed the organization. He explained that most sex trafficking victims are targeted online.
“We’re building digital tools to fight human trafficking. Basically, the purchase and commerce for human trafficking is happening online, just like everything else now, and so we’re building digital tools to fight back against it.”
Thorn Task Force searches the darkest corners of the internet to identify and eradicate traffickers. Some of the 20 tech companies that are part of the Force include Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo!, Snapchat, and Imgur.
Jim Pitkow, Chairman of the Thorn Technical Task Force says “New innovations will always be adopted for both good and evil purposes. At Thorn, we tip the scales in favor of good by stopping exploitation and protecting our children.”
Watch the interview here:
What Kutcher and his team have accomplished so far is heartening, but the businessman says he’s not stopping there. Thorn is working towards a truly ambitious humanitarian goal:
“Our next battle, my next commitment…I’m going to make a pledge that I’m going to eliminate child pornography from the internet,” said Kutcher.
According to anti-human trafficking group Polaris, The International Labor Organization estimates that 4.5 million people are currently working against their will for sex traffickers. And in 2014, the underground sex economy in 2014 was worth $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia, alone.