I’m not normally one to get behind an actor with a cause unless I’ve done some homework on the issue. There also needs to be some sort of credibility to the person, regardless of their status. That stuff just doesn’t impress me. I can get behind someone who get’s their hands dirty though.
I have recently discovered a foundation founded by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore called Thorn. Here is what my homework revealed.
63% of underage sex trafficking victims said they had been advertised or sold online. (Report on the Use of Technology to Recruit, Groom and Sell Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims, Thorn, 2015)
A pimp can make $150,000-$200,000 per child each year and exploits an average of 4-6 girls. (Trafficked Teen Girls Describe Life In ‘The Game’, NPR, 2010)
One in six endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2016 were likely sex trafficking victims. (Missing Kids)
Of the DMST survivors that participated in Thorn’s 2013 national survey:
- 63% were sold via the Internet at some point during their trafficking situation.
- 62% had access to a cell phone while they were being trafficked.
- 42% had access to the Internet while they were being trafficked.
As I said, I don’t follow people based on their popularity or status. I believe this organization is truly helping children out of the trafficking happening in our own back yards. This is OUR country. Not a third world country around the globe. Not that they are any more or less important, quite the contrary. It’s an issue everywhere and it’s getting worse with access to internet. More discussion needs to be had on this subject. More education. Discover what’s going on or how to help.
Remember…nothing great comes from a comfort zone!