Ashton Kutcher has recently developed software to find girls who are being sold into the sex trade and with this software, he has discreetly rescued over 6,000 girls from human trafficking!
While society still puts its focus on who sells the most albums between “Cardi” and “Nicki”, one celeb following Twitter user has highlighted how Ashton Kutcher has developed software that has rescued over 6,000 girls from human trafficking.
Ashton Kutcher co-founded Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children in 2009.
Thorn builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse. They join forces with the sharpest minds from tech, non-profit, government and law enforcement to stop the spread of child sexual abuse material and stand up to child traffickers.
Kutcher recently testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a hearing on progress in combating modern slavery.
“We refuse to live in a world where the technology exists to help kids but simply isn’t being used. We build powerful products, lead new programs, maintain essential resources, and develop awareness campaigns to attack the issue from all sides. We want tech companies, law enforcement, and NGOs to leverage everything we do.”
In a 15-minute opening testimony, Kutcher praised the committee for bipartisan cooperation on the issue, calling his opportunity to speak “one of the greatest honours of my life,” his voice cracking multiple times as he recalled his work with victims.
“As part of my anti-trafficking work, I’ve met victims in Russia, I’ve met victims in India, I’ve met victims that have been trafficked from Mexico, victims from New York and New Jersey and all across our country. I’ve been on FBI raids where I’ve seen things that no person should ever see,” Kutcher said, his voice choked with emotion.
Kutcher pressed the importance of using technology as a tool that can be used to disable slavery, citing specific progress.
“It’s working. In six months, with 25% of our users reporting, we’ve identified over 6,000 trafficking victims, 2,000 of which are minors. This tool has enhanced 4,000 law enforcement officials in 900 agencies. And we’re reducing the investigation time by 60%,” he said of a software tool called “Spotlight.”
Kutcher spoke candidly about the horrors that he has faced while working with Thorn.
“I’ve seen video content of a child that’s the same age as mine being raped by an American man that was a sex tourist in Cambodia. And this child was so conditioned by her environment that she thought she was engaging in play.
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 Homeland Security telling us that a seven-year-old girl was being sexually abused and that content was being spread around the dark web.
She had been being abused and they had watched her for three years and they could not find the perpetrator. [They were] asking us for help. We were the last line of defence, an actor and his foundation were the potential last line of defence. That’s my day job and I’m sticking to it.”
Watch the full opening statement below: