Ashton Kutcher was recently on the Today Show when Kathie Lee Gifford asked, somewhat flippantly, what they could be praying for him about?
Kutcher replied, “You know what you can pray for me about? I’ve got something.”
He went on to tell Gifford and her co-host, Hoda Kotb, about an organization he co-founded in 2008 called “Thorn” which builds digital tools to help combat human trafficking.
He originally got involved in the fight after stumbling across a Dateline feature on sex trafficking in Cambodia.
“I was watching six and seven-year-old girls being raped for profit,” he recalled. “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.’”
In 2016, Thorn identified and rescued over 6,000 trafficking victims and captured over 2,000 traffickers, and Kutcher has no plans to stop his important work.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Kutcher says he has set a new goal to eliminate child pornography on the internet.
We applaud his efforts to protect women and children and use his influence to change the world for good!
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