Thorn has helped stop 6,608 perpetrators and encouraged over 140,000 individuals seeking child sexual abuse material to get help.
Ashton Kutcher has been fighting against human trafficking and saved the lives of over 6,000 children. The 42-year-old actor and his ex-wife Demi Moore are the brains behind Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, reports PEOPLE. Kutcher and Moore, with the law enforcement, have helped identify 5,894 child sex trafficking victims and rescue 103 children from “situations where their sexual abuse was recorded and distributed” last year, according to the organization’s 2017 impact report. Thorn was born in 2012. Our co-founders Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore had learned about the issue of child sex trafficking from a documentary highlighting what was happening to children in Cambodia.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore started a non-profit to help combat sex-trafficking, called Thorn. He reported that they identified 5,791 child victims, and rescued 103 in 2017.— Karen (@OZ2USA) September 22, 2020
They describe it as this moment where you learn something about the world that you can’t un-know. As they started learning more, they realized that it is just as prolific of a problem here in the United States as it is overseas. The nonprofit works towards creating a technology that defends children from sexual predators, and they have a small and growing full-time team of staff and contractors, working from over 21 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.
Child sex trafficking (CST) doesn't happen in an instant. Traffickers invest heavily in gaining trust from their victims over months and years. pic.twitter.com/Satje4qCOC— Thorn (@thorn) September 21, 2020
They have also provided 3.5 million teens with educationthrough its Stop Sextortion campaign. 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.
Traffickers invest heavily in trust, turning that trust into coercion. Many convince child victims that they are not being exploited, but are in a loving relationship.— Thorn (@thorn) September 21, 2020
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Kutcher gave a 15-minute speech compelling the Congress about 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.”
Thorn’s Spotlight tool helped to identify nearly 5,500 child victims of sex trafficking in 2019. #ChildSexTrafficking occurs in every state, in cities and rural areas alike. Survivors, no matter what their story is or where they come from, deserve to be heard and supported. pic.twitter.com/G1vH6dgSm3— Thorn (@thorn) September 20, 2020
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. He then went on to share an experience that justifies what he does.
“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.” If you wish to donate to make a difference towards a better world, click here.
Traffickers invest heavily in trust, turning that trust into coercion. Many convince child victims that they are not being exploited, but are in a loving relationship.— Thorn (@thorn) September 18, 2020
.#EndChildSexTrafficking #EndChildTrafficking #KnowWhatYouShare #ShareFactsOnly #DefendHappiness pic.twitter.com/xgjjb8LxSK