Actor and activist Ashton Kutcher recently appeared on The Today Show to talk with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb about the second season of his Netflix original TV series The Ranch, but did a lot of talking about his work to fight human sex trafficking and his desire to end child pornography.
In the video interview above, Kutcher tells Lee and Kotb about the organization he started with his ex-wife Demi Moore in 2008 called Thorn.
“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 describes itself as an organization with a mission to drive tech innovation in the fight against trafficking. According to Thorn’s website, their mission is to “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 they do. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Adobe are listed among the names who are helping Thorn’s cause.
“We’ve built a tool to help law enforcement prioritize their caseload, and recover victims and find traffickers,” he says about his organization’s efforts in 2016. “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.”
With the success of his organization in the fight against human trafficking, Kutcher is now setting his sights on a new 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.”
Source: Fight The New Drug - https://fightthenewdrug.org/ashton-kutcher-my-organization-has-found-6000-sex-trafficking-victims-this-year