Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children

Hollywood actor, Ashton Kutcher, joined the fight against sex trafficking and his non-profit organization reports it identified 5,791 victims in 2017. Thorn, the digital defender of children, helps fight child sexual abuse and human trafficking, using software to bring sex traffickers to justice by providing law enforcement with information on the suspected sex slavery networks and victims.

Ashton Kutcher”

“What I’ve seen makes you question humanity. Children that were six and seven years old were being molested for money.”

“Because of the communication that exists, because of technology and the Internet, you meet a stranger that has a similar interest to you, and next thing you know you’re sharing content around that particular interest. That might happen with cars or other hobbies, but it also happens with child pornography and human trafficking of under-age children.”

“Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and Google are competing every day in business. But they’ve all agreed to work together to find a solution to human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children.”

In the darkest corners of the internet, children are being exploited.

Ernie Allen – President & CEO of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

“Child pornography is an issue that has evolved. By 1990 or so, we thought the problem had disappeared, and then came the Internet. With the Internet, the problem exploded.”

“The offenders in these kinds of crimes do not match society’s stereotype. These are people who are part of our community.”

The United States is the #1 producer of child pornography in the world.

John Ryan

John Ryan

John Ryan – CEO of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

“In 2004 when the National Centre was receiving reports of potential child pornography, the volume was approximately 450,000 files. Recently, that number has expanded and we’ve now received over 17 million.”

Dr. Michael Seto – Forensic Psychologist Researcher & Author

“The age of children is becoming increasingly younger, and it’s more and more likely that individuals have expanded to child pornography with violent themes.”

James Dinkins – Executive of the Associate Director of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HIS)

“They have a craving to get more and they want to share it with other people. They create international and global networks of pedophiles, sharing images of the people they abuse.”

70% of child sex trafficking victims were sold online (Thorn survey)

Asia – Survivor of Sex Trafficking

“People are posted and sold online multiple times a day. As far as the add that was posted up, there was a girl who eerily looked like me. That was the picture they put up for me on the add. The same way you could go online and find a car. There was a picture, a description, and a price.”

Please join the fight to stop child exploitation.



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