The name of his organization is called Thorn and he started it along with his ex-wife Demi Moore back in 2008. He learned that almost all of the sex trafficking victims are targeted online.
DIGITAL TOOLS TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
He said that they are trying to build digital tools in order to fight human trafficking and the purchase and commerce happens online. Thus, the digital tools are used for fighting against it.
The mission of Thorn is to drive tech innovation in the fight against trafficking. They are partners with the tech industry, the government, and NGOs, as well as leverage tech in order to fight the predatory behavior, rescue the victims, and protect the vulnerable children.
There are 20 members listed on the web page in the field of The Thorn Technology Task Force which is comprised of technology companies which lend their knowledge, resources, and time in order to work what they actually do. The names who are helping their cause are Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Adobe.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The organization has achieved a quiet success with some amazing numbers in order to buck its mission statement up. There is a tool which can help law enforcement prioritize their caseload and recover victims and also finding the traffickers. There have been around 6,000 found and identified victims this year, along with 2,000 traffickers. And they all have been recovered.
The organization is not stopping here. They have very ambitious goals. They plan on making a pledge that they will eliminate child pornography from the internet. The organization’s approach to locate the victims and their captors is apt as the major threat is not white vans parked on the corner with the kidnappers waiting on passersby, but it is online.
Sites like Craiglist are frequently used on daily basis as a way of doing business in the illegal sex industry. In 2015, 75% of the survivors of child trafficking said that were sold online at some point.
During the survey from last year, a survivor who spoke to Thorn named Asia told the organization that people are posted and sold online many times a day. The ad posted for her was a girl that eerily looked like her. It was like you can go find a car. There has been a picture, a description, and a price.
According to the report from the anti-human trafficking group named Polaris, The International Labor Organization estimates that 4.5 million people work at the moment against their will for sex traffickers. The underground sex economy from 2014 was worth $290 million in Atlanta, Georgia alone.