“After nearly disappearing in the 90s, the spread of child sexual abuse material exploded with the rise of the internet, while child sex trafficking increased with exposure to a greater market online. Today, the problem is complex and still growing.” – wearethorn.org
Founded in 2009, Thorn claims that while developing technology can be the most harmful to potential child trafficking victims, it can also be the best tool to use against it. Focusing on the three principles of quickly identifying victims, stopping abusers and disrupting platforms, the organization had identified 5,894 child victims in 2017 alone. Thorn has been a very important organization founded by celebrities Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, and has led to preventing and saving child sex trafficking victims as well as arresting traffickers.
Demi and Ashton: Co-founders of Thorn
In a 2017 feature in W Magazine, That 70’s Show star Ashton Kutcher explains that once he became a more well-known name, he had been frequently “asked to lend his name to this or that.” However, after considering different causes he might support, he and Demi Moore (who were married at the time) viewed a TV special about Cambodian sex trafficking. After personal research, he found that 70% of child sex trafficking in the US took place online. “And so he harnessed years of deepening relationships with the likes of Google, Microsoft, Pinterest, Twitter, and Amazon, creating corporate alliances among what he calls “archenemies.'” Ashton further explains how his involvement in Thorn sometimes includes black-operation type aspects. It is evident that the cause is of great importance to him.
Demi has since been recognized for her work with the foundation through awards such as the 2018 Visionary Woman Award (given by nonprofit Visionary Women). “Demi’s strength and dedication in her career and charitable endeavors are what make her the epitome of a visionary woman,” said Angella Nazarian, cofounder of Visionary Women. This Women’s Wear Daily feature goes onto to mention that Thorn has sparked the arrest of 65 hundred child sex traffickers. Demi’s continues to show leadership in this important global issue.
Spotlight by Thorn
“Our first product, Spotlight, was designed based on insights from our first survivor survey. It accelerates victim identification and helps law enforcement make the best use of the critical time they have to find child sex trafficking victims,” says wearethorn.org. According to the spotlight’s 2016 stats, the tool increased law enforcement efficiancy through identifying 5 victims per day, reducing search time by 60 percent and finding nearly 2,000 children in the year. Spotlight was a seemingly a quintessential tool in Thorn’s success.
Thorn is a fantastic example of how celebrities can use their resource for good and help make the world a better place. How do your favorite celebrities affect the world around them?
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