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Ashton Kutcher Opens Up About His Mission To Save Children From Sex Traffickers

Date December 7, 2018 11:28

We don’t often think how serious the problem of human trafficking is. In fact, it has surpassed the illegal sale of arms. And in the next few years, it is expected to surpass the issue of the illegal sale of drugs.

According to the statistics provided by the International Labor Organization, there are almost 21 million victims of trafficking worldwide. And at least 25% are children.

Based on the information from the Operation Underground Railroad, more than 40% of such kids are recruited via family. And most of them are engaged in begging or domestic work.

There are also at least 250 thousand Americans younger than 18 that are lured into sex trade each year. Overall, human traffickers are believed to make $150 billion from the trade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And since April is child abuse prevention and awareness month, it feels right to talk about actor Ashton Kutcher’s mission to end child sex trafficking.

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The activist founded an organization called Thorn in 2009. And by 2016, it has helped to rescue 6 thousand victims! How does it work? With the help of Google, Facebook, and other companies, it searches the darkest corners of the Internet in order to identify traffickers. As Kutcher explained in the new episode of 48 Hours:

You can roll up your sleeves and go try to be like a hero and save one person or you can build a tool that allows one person to save a lot of people.

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One of the organization’s tools, Spotlight, is used by police officers, sifting through thousands of ads and surfacing those that are children. Another tool, Solis, helps find children on the Dark Web. With their help, it’s possible to identify at least 5 victims per day.

Good job, Ashton!

If you notice warning signs that someone is being trafficked, you can report to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, National Human Trafficking Hotline, or the National Runaway Switchboard.

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