I am not a fan of Ashton Kutcher where acting is concerned. I’ve never seen one of his movies nor watched a full episode of That 70s Show.
However, after reading in the Washington Post about his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on what is termed “modern slavery” (also known as human trafficking), I must applaud him.
He co-founded an organization called Thorn with his ex-wife Demi Moore. According to the organization’s website www.WeAreThorn.Org, they partner across the tech industry, government, and NGOs (non-governmental organizations). They leverage technology to combat predatory behavior, rescue victims, and protect vulnerable children.
According to the US State Department between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year. To put that into perspective, that would be like taking all of the residents of Miami and Orlando and putting them into the sex trade. Half of those are children, and 80% are female.
In 2014 the CNN freedom project to end modern day slavery estimated that there were 20 to 30 million slaves in the world. That is more than the population of Australia.
I know that the statistics are staggering, and it seems like there’s absolutely nothing that one single solitary person can do to help change things, but that’s not the case.
One thing that you can do is to be sure that you’re not buying goods produced by child or forced labor. You can find a complete list at the United States Department of Labor’s website.
Pick up the phone or your pen. Contact your local, state, and federal government officials. Let them know that you feel this needs to be addressed and ask them what they’re doing to help prevent it and to recover those already in this despicable circumstance.
If you want to get down to the heart of the matter, get with your local churches and Health and Human Services office and tell them that you are available to help these children who desperately need a human they can trust.
In closing, I just want to say thank you Mr. Kutcher for your efforts in helping to stop this awful cruelty.