Thorn works with more than 20 technology companies (such as Dropbox, Google, Yahoo, and Snapchat, who lend their knowledge, time, and resources) to try and minimize the effects of sex trafficking and child pornography “building 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.”
Data collected from Craigslist and other sites show the internet is frequently used in the sex industry. In 2015, for instance, 75% of the child sex trafficking survivors Thorn surveyed were sold online at some point.
As one survivor noted, “People are posted and sold online multiple times a day. As far as the ad that was posted up [for me], there was a girl who eerily looked like me…just [like] you can go find a car, there was a picture, and a description, and a price.”
For more, check out Kutcher’s Today Show interview below:
Ashton Kutcher and Elisa Massimino from Human Rights First testified at a hearing on ways to improve federal support for combating human trafficking and slavery.
Kutcher talked about his organization’s efforts toward the release of trafficking and slavery victims. He also answered questions on the types of regulations, resources, and future anti-trafficking legislation that could help the government and private sector pressure international counterparts to fight slavery and criminal networks. Senators focused on anti-trafficking legislation they were working on, and asked the witnesses about ways to improve federal support for local- and state-level efforts, and to encourage such efforts abroad.
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(Article By Jeremiah Jones)