Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about a Chicago Tribune investigation into sexual abuse of students in Chicago Public Schools, June 5, 2018. Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about a Chicago Tribune investigation into sexual abuse of students in Chicago Public Schools, June 5, 2018.
Ashton Kutcher may have stepped back from the Hollywood spotlight for a bit, but he’s making a huge comeback… as a humanitarian, among other things. Some famous folks use their celebrity status and visibility to bring light to issues that need attention and, in this case, Ashton has really done something amazing. Ashton has a successful acting career, as well as being an investor in successful companies, like Airbnb, Spotify and Uber.
It’s his involvement in the anti-human trafficking effort that should get all of the attention, however.
In this 2016 interview, Ashton talked to the Today show about his Netflix series The Ranch, but there was also discussion of the organization he founded with his ex-wife Demi Moore in 2008.
The organization, called Thorn, has the following goal: “to build technology to defend children from sexual abuse.” In 2015, Thorn reported that 75 percent of child sex trafficking survivors surveyed noted they were eventually “sold” online.
Asia, a survivor who talked to Thorn during a 2015 study, explained: “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.”
Ashton explained: “Basically, the purchase and commerce for human trafficking is happening online, just like everything else now, and so we’re building digital tools to fight back against it.”
Armed with this information, Ashton noted that Thorn “built a tool to help law enforcement prioritize their caseload and recover victims and find traffickers.” He added: “And we’ve found and identified and recovered over 6,000 trafficking victims this year. And we’ve found, identified, and recovered 2,000 traffickers.”
The organization’s website explains:
“We partner across the tech industry, government and NGOs and leverage technology to combat predatory behavior, rescue victims, and protect vulnerable children.
The site also lists 20 members of what it calls The Thorn Technology Task Force, comprised of technology companies that lend their knowledge, time and resources to the work that we do.
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Adobe are listed among the names who are helping Thorn’s cause.”
The organization’s work doesn’t end, however, as Ashton noted: “Our next battle, my next commitment… I’m going to make a pledge that I’m going to eliminate child pornography from the internet.”
Kutcher testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in February 2017, where he gave a speech about modern day slavery, saying, in part:
“I’m here today to defend the right to pursue happiness. It’s a simple notion: ‘the right to pursue happiness.’ It’s bestowed upon all of us by our constitution. Every citizen of this country has the right to pursue it. And I believe that it is incumbent on us as citizens of this nation, as Americans, to bestow that right upon others, upon each other, and upon the rest of the world. But the right to pursue happiness for so many is stripped away — it’s raped, it’s abused, it’s taken by force, fraud, or coercion. It is sold for the momentary happiness of another.”
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In the twenty first century, predators have easier access than ever before to our children. Because they can reach into our homes through the internet – via chat rooms, video calls, social media, and instant messaging – parents must protect their children, not just from strangers in the world around them, but from the creeps who stalk children online looking for their next victim.
After his 15-year-old daughter became a target for a pedophile online, the Oklahoma dad knew he had to take matters into his own hands. He wanted to keep his teenage daughter safe and teach the creep a lesson. So he devised a trap for the predator.
The Oklahoma dad had one goal for his plan – to catch the pedophile and turn him over to the police. Because the predator was using social media to lure the girl into his clutches, he had access to her twenty-four hours per day. Dad learned that he was pressure his daughter and also sending her inappropriate and unwanted photos. When dad read what the man had told his daughter through the FamilyTime app, he knew this man wanted to do evil things to his little girl. Being a protective father, he refused to let that happen to her.
FamilyTime allowed dad to monitor his daughter’s phone usage. Because she was a teen, it made sense for him to track her online activity. With men like the predator looking to target teenage girls, the Oklahoma dad was doing the right thing keeping her safe.
The father called the police and reported the messages the man had been sending to the minor. But the Oklahoma cops laughed at the dad and told him they wouldn’t do anything about it – unless the man were caught in the act of stalking his daughter.
Because authorities would not help him, dad decided he would need to figure this out before his daughter became the next sexual abuse or human trafficking statistic.
Dad purchased a night vision camera and a tent. Then dad set his trap in the backyard. He was ready to capture the child molester in the act.
After messaging the man through the FamilyTime app, dad had the criminal wound around his finger. As expected, he took the bait and trespassed on the Oklahoma father’s land. In the night vision camera, you can see the would-be pedophile, Jeremy Dewayne Gibson, approaching the tent thinking the teenage girl was inside.
An adult woman was in the tent as bait. And the father along with two other men was ready to pounce and hold down Gibson.
In the night vision footage, watch as the Oklahoma dad executes a near-professional sting operation. And when they later handed Gibson over to the Del City Police Department, Major Jody Suit admitted that the operation was as good as it gets.
Dad’s vigilante plan was unorthodox, but it worked. Because he refused to let some creep abuse his daughter, he wanted to catch him in the act so he could be arrested and stopped from abusing anyone ever again.
What would you do if a creep was stalking your teen daughter?
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