Did you know that Ashton Kutcher is not only a successful Hollywood actor but also an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, venture capitalist and a producer.
But aside from his Hollywood career he has successfully invested in various high-tech startups including Fab.com, Skype, Airbnb, Foursquare, Path.
In the year 2009, Ashton Kutcher co-founded an organization, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children with Demi Moore which is focussed on technology to fight against child trafficking and sexual exploitation of children. Thorn was formely known as DNA Foundation.
The actor shared, “I was watching six and seven-year-old girls being raped for profit. I said to myself: I don’t want to live in a world where these things are happening and I’m not doing anything about them.”
The eye-opening documentary which is the ”Dateline” featuring Cambodian child trafficking which Kutcher stumbled upon while he was researching initially about the child trafficking proved to be a defining moment in Ashton Kutcher’s life. From that moment onward, Ashton wasn’t content with just being a Hollywood actor instead used his influence to fight against the child sex slavery and make the world a better place.
Kutcher shared, “…I was seized by a feeling of wanting to find the guy who is raping a 7-year-old girl and just beat the (expletive) out of him, really take his guts out,” Kutcher said, his voice rising. “That feeling won’t change for me five or 10 or 20 years from now, wanting to take that guy to the woodshed won’t change, fighting for that girl won’t change. So whether I’m tackling this on a large platform or am just a guy with a sign, I’ll be doing this in 20 years.”
The Thorn Technology Task Force is an initiative comprised of more than 20 technology companies which include big names such as Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Twitter, Yahoo!, Snapchat, and Imgur that lend their knowledge, time and resources to monitor the dark corners of the internet for potential danger and fraud.
Thorn has partnered with several organizations like Polaris Project, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the Somaly Mam Foundation to fight against child sex slavery and to combat predatory behavior, rescue victims, and protect vulnerable children.
Jim Pitkow, Chairman of the Thorn Technical Task Force shared, “New innovations will always be adopted for both good and evil purposes. At Thorn, we tip the scales in favor of good by stopping exploitation and protecting our children.”
Since their debut, Thorn has identified and rescued over 6,000 trafficking victims and captured 2,000 traffickers but Kutcher remains determined as ever to confront even the underlying issues.
According to Kutcher, the average age of a girl victim involved in the trade is 13 years, and the average age of the men who buys these girls is 30 years with no prior criminal record and with a well-paying job.
Kutcher shared, “Our next battle, my next commitment…I’m going to make a pledge that I’m going to eliminate child pornography from the Internet.”
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