Whether you know him as Michael, from That ’70s Show or from one of his many more recent spots in film and TV, Ashton Kutcher is a Hollywood star who’s become a household name.
Though he’s best known for his acting roles, Kutcher has his hands in every bucket you can imagine—business entrepreneur, founder of nonprofit organizations, technology guru and now full-time father of two.
The jack of all trades recently announced that his organization, Thorn, which helps find victims of sex trafficking and child pornography as well as their abusers, has helped find nearly 6,000 victims in the past year.
Focusing on online trafficking, Kutcher explains that the organization aims to “build digital tools to fight human trafficking. The purchase and commerce for human trafficking are happening online, just like everything else now, and so we’re building digital tools to fight back against it.” He continues, “We’ve built a tool to help law enforcement prioritize their caseload and recover victims and find traffickers. And we’ve [sic] found and identified and recovered over 6,000 trafficking victims this year. And we’ve [sic] found, identified and recovered 2,000 traffickers.”
Kutcher and his ex-wife, Demi Moore, started the foundation together more than six years ago. Their campaign, “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls,” drew the attention of people everywhere with PSAs that featured a laundry list of Hollywood stars.
Kutcher says his next goal is to eradicate child pornography, explaining, “Our next battle, my next commitment…I’m going to make a pledge that I’m going to eliminate child pornography from the Internet.”
We love seeing celebrities use their platform, resources and money for GOOD. Thousands of lives have been transformed by Kutcher’s organization, and the work has only begun. There’s a lot left to do, and he’s committed to seeing it through.
For more information, visit www.wearethorn.org.