Ashton Kutcher Rescued 6000 Sex Trafficking Victims. Almost All of them had Something in Common. 3/2/2017

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Actor, activist and businessman Ashton Kutcher visited “The Today
Show” this week to speak with hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda about the new
season of his Netflix original series, “The Ranch.”

But what he was most interested in talking about was his organization’s work to end human sex trafficking and child pornography.

In the interview, Kutcher tells the hosts about Thorn, the organization he began with his ex-wife, actress Demi Moore, in 2008.

Through his work with Thorn, Kutcher has learned that almost all sex
trafficking victims have one thing in common—they’re 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’s self-described
mission is “to drive tech innovation in the fight against trafficking.”
On the organization’s website, it explains just how it goes about its
work:

“We partner across the tech industry, government and NGOs and
leverage technology to combat predatory behavior, rescue victims, and
protect vulnerable children. The site also lists 20 members of what it
calls The Thorn Technology Task Force, comprised of technology companies
that lend their knowledge, time and resources to the work that we do.
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Adobe are listed among the names
who are helping Thorn’s cause.”

 

So far, Thorn has been a quiet success, with some impressive,
real-world numbers to back up its mission statement, as Kutcher
explains:

“We’ve built a tool to help law enforcement prioritize their
caseload and recover victims and find traffickers. And we’ve found and
identified and recovered over 6,000 trafficking victims this year. And we’ve found, identified, and recovered 2,000 traffickers.”

But Kutcher says he and his organization aren’t stopping there —
they’re also 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.”

Thorn’s approach — using internet technology to find victims and
their captors — is apt, because the major threat to victims isn’t white
vans parked on corners with kidnappers awaiting passersby: it’s online.

Disturbing data which
the organization compiled shows that everyday sites like Craigslist are
frequently used as a means of doing business in the illegal sex
industry.

Even more terrifying is that in 2015, 75% of child sex trafficking survivors Thorn surveyed were sold online at some point.

Asia, a survivor who spoke to Thorn during last year’s survey, told the organization:

“People are posted and sold online multiple times a day.
As far as the ad that was posted up [for me], there was a girl who
eerily looked like me…just [like] you can go find a car, there was a
picture, and a description, and a price.”

Anti-human trafficking group Polaris reports that The International Labor Organization estimates 4.5 million people are currently working against their will for sex traffickers. And the underground sex economy in 2014 was worth $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia, alone, according to an Urban Institute study.

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