Some celebrities are not just entertainers, they are also people with good hearts doing good deeds to save people stuck in difficult situations. Actor Ashton Kutcher, who has made us laugh with his comedic roles through most of his career is one of those celebrities. The tall and goofy actor runs a non-profit organization, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, with his ex-wife, Demi Moore. He may not be on good terms with his ex, but that’s never stopped the two from continuing the work they began.
When he’s not in front of the camera, the Jobs actor helps save children who have been trafficked. The organization he runs has assisted law enforcement organizations to identify almost 6,000 child sex trafficking victims and rescue 103 of them. The children were trapped in “situations where their sexual abuse was recorded and distributed”, according to the organization’s own 2017 impact report.
“We communicate directly with people searching for child sexual abuse material, disrupting their sense of anonymity, aiming to change their behavior and increase their accountability,” their official website said.
As per GlobalCitizen, Kutcher also spoke about it in 2017 and said, “We’ve identified 12,000 adults that are also being abused.”
And, they do all this by using technology. They have been able to create a task force with more than 25 technology companies (including Google, Facebook and Microsoft) and have been working on creating software to fight this heinous crime. After all, children should be worried about their homework, not their safety.
As per Daily Mail, the software created by Thorn has been used by 5,000 officers in all of the US and Canada.
The No Strings Attached actor was quoted by Daily Mail as saying that he plans to go after criminals who engage in child pornography next. He had spoken in Washington D.C during a hearing at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and said that he wants to “defend the right to pursue happiness.”
“But the right to pursue happiness, for so many, is stripped away. It’s raped. It’s abused. It’s taken by force, fraud, or coercion. It is sold for the momentary happiness of another,” he said.
A father-of-two himself, Kutcher’s organization’s motto is “Until every child can be a kid.” The romcom actor fought back tears during his impassioned speech, during which he spoke about meeting victims in very difficult conditions and related one instance of an American man traveling to Cambodia to indulge in child sex abuse. He also mentioned that internet trolls have targetted him and said that he should stick to his day job, referring to acting, but he has made his mission against child abuse his day job.