You may know him by his role as Michael Kelso in “That 70s Show,” or in other feature-length films such as “Dude, Where’s My Car?” But the FBI knows him in a different, more important role.
Since 2009, Ashton Kutcher has been working closely with the FBI to help identify and rescue children caught in sex trafficking in the United States and across the globe. His organization, called Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, has helped identify an estimated 5,791 children victims of sex trafficking in 2017 alone.
Not only have that many been identify victims of sex trafficking, but the organization has also been able to rescue 103 children imperiled by sexual abuse, according to its 2017 impact report.
"We're building tools to stand up the toughest environments and empowering the frontlines to stop abuse before it happens," the organization shared.
According to The Christian Post, Thorn is not only seeking to defend victims of sexual abuse but is also providing resources to change the behavior of the perpetrators who commit the indecent acts.
"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,” the report said. Our child sexual abuse deterrence program has seen over 2.6 million visitors and 140,000+ instances where individuals went on to actively seek further help.”
In 2017, Kutcher testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the fight against sex slavery in the United States and across the globe.
"As part of my anti-trafficking work, I've met victims in Russia. I've met victims in India, I've met victims that have been trafficked from Mexico. Victims from New York and New Jersey and all across our country. I've been on FBI raids where I've seen things that no person should ever see," Kutcher testified.
Last month, Kutcher told CBS News’s “48 Hours” that his organization is becoming even more effective: "You can roll up your sleeve 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," he said. "And our algorithms are getting better. We're getting smarter. We're getting the tool in more people's hands."
Please pray for the victims caught up in sex trafficking, and that God will help Ashton Kutcher and his organization to help those victims find safety. Be sure to read about the amount of personal wealth that President Trump has sacrificed to help make America great again.