Thorn has helped stop 6,608 perpetrators, encouraged over 140,000 individuals seeking child sexual abuse material to get help. They have also educated 3.5 million teens through its Stop Sextortion campaign.
As you sow, so shall reap. Ashton Kutcher's been making a big difference, not just by giving his audience blockbusters, but by also saving A LOT of kids from trafficking. He's got the numbers to back it up, according to People. Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children is the 40-year-old actor's non-profit organization, and his ex-wife Demi Moore is a co-founder. Kutcher and Moore, along with the law enforcement, have helped in identifying 5,894 child sex trafficking victims and rescuing 103 children from “situations where their sexual abuse was recorded and distributed” last year, according to the organization’s 2017 impact report.
The nonprofit works towards creating a technology that defends children from sexual predators. We now house the first engineering and data science team focused solely on developing new technologies to combat online child sexual abuse. They have a small team, but they have managed to save a lot of kids. Thorn is a full-time team of nearly 40 staff and contractors, working from 12 different states to unleash the power of technology on behalf of vulnerable children.
Thorn has helped stop 6,608 perpetrators and encouraged over 140,000 individuals seeking child sexual abuse material to get help. They have also educated 3.5 million teens through its Stop Sextortion campaign. The organization, previously known as DNA Foundation, was started by Kutcher and Moore back in 2009 to deter the sexual exploitation of children.
In an interview with 48 hours, Kutcher said, "What we do at our core is we build technology to help fight sexual exploitation of children. You can roll up your sleeves and go try to be like a hero and go save one person, or you can build a tool that allows one person to save a lot of people." For him, talking about the work he does is the one thing that gets to him. "I have a hard time talking about this issue without being emotional."
In 2017, Kutcher spoke about modern-day slavery and testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. According to People, Kutcher gave a 15-minute speech compelling Congress towards ending the horrors faced by women and children around the globe. “I’m here today to defend the right to pursue happiness. It’s a simple notion: ‘the right to pursue happiness,’ ” he said.
“It’s bestowed upon all of us by our constitution. Every citizen of this country has the right to pursue it. And I believe that it is incumbent on us as citizens of this nation, as Americans, to bestow that right upon others, upon each other, and upon the rest of the world. But the right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away — it’s raped, it’s abused, it’s taken by force, fraud, or coercion. It is sold for the momentary happiness of another.”
He also spoke about how he's received a lot of criticism from people for doing what he does. He said there are “trolls,” — who tell him to “stick to [his] day job.” To them, he replied that Thorn was his day job. Kutcher and his wife Mila Kunis have a two-year-old daughter, named Wyatt. “I’ve seen video content of a child that’s the same age as mine being raped by an American man who was a sex tourist in Cambodia, and this child was so conditioned by her environment that she thought she was engaging in play,” he said.
“I’ve been on the other end of a phone call from my team, asking for my help because we had received a call from the Department of Homeland Security, telling us that a 7-year-old girl was being sexually abused and that content was being spread around the dark web and she had been being abused and they’d watched her for three years, and they could not find the perpetrator, asking us for help. We were the last line of defense—an actor and his foundation was the potential last line of defense. That’s my day job, and I’m sticking to it.”