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April 14th, 2011
04:48 PM ET

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore on using social media to stop sex trafficking

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are guests on "Piers Morgan Tonight" for the hour this evening at 9pmET/PT, and the couple discuss their "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign. One way the campaign hopes to stop sex trafficking is by using social media. "I don't believe that there's a problem in the world that exists that the solutions didn't exist before the problem," Kutcher tells Piers Morgan. "So that's why we're using social media for this campaign. t's to actually go right into the heart of where it's taking place. Seventy-six percent of the transactions for child sex slavery is actually happening online. So if we can motivate people while they are online to do something about that, then we can make a dent."

Read more about tonight's emotional hour at the CNN Freedom Project site (and follow them on Twitter and Facebook). Find out more information about all the organizations featured in tonight's show below.

1. POLARIS PROJECT

Polaris Project is a leading organization in the United States combating all forms of human trafficking and serving both U.S. citizens and foreign national victims, including men, women, and children. We use a holistic strategy, taking what we learn from our work with survivors and using it to guide the creation of long-term solutions. We strive for systemic change by advocating for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline (1.888.3737.888), and providing services to help our clients and all victims of human trafficking. For more information, visit http://www.PolarisProject.org.

2. WELLSPRING LIVING

In Atlanta where, on average, 100 adolescent girls are sex-trafficked every single night, there is a desperate need for a rescue, refuge and restoration. Wellspring Living offers former victims of sex-trafficking and forced prostitution a safe haven where they receive therapy, personalized education, life skills and spiritual renewal. But, Wellspring Living is much more than a treatment program:

We are a refuge for girls in need of a second chance. We bring hope to people the world has written off.
We are advocates for victims, give a voice to the voiceless and confront the issue of sexual exploitation at home and across the country.

We are educators and role-models, reaching out and training organizations around the country to help them build programs like ours.

http://www.wellspringliving.org

3. GEMS
Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12-24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.

http://www.gems-girls.org

4. DNA Foundation

Believing that freedom is a basic human right, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher founded The Demi and Ashton Foundation (DNA) to raise awareness about child sex slavery, change the cultural stereotypes that facilitate this horrific problem, and rehabilitate innocent victims. DNA is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization. More people are slaves today than ever before and the numbers are soaring. Men, women and children are enslaved for many purposes including sex, pornography, forced labor and indentured servitude. Among slaves, children are the most vulnerable and their rights are the least recognized. The global sex slavery market generates $32 billion in profits annually. Two million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade. In just the United States, between 100,000 and 300,000 children are enslaved and sold for sex. The sex slavery industry has become an increasingly important revenue source for organized crime because each young girl can earn between $150,000 and $200,000 each year for her pimp. DNA hopes to help abolish modern day slavery, deter perpetrators and free the many innocent and exploited victims. We are committed to forcing sex slavery out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

Freedom is a basic human right and slavery is one of the greatest threats to that freedom. No one has the right to enslave another person

http://www.demiandashton.org

http://www.facebook.com/dnafoundation .

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  1. DONALD RUIZ

    To whom it may concern,

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    April 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandrena Carter

      Mr. Ruiz, I like to speak with you if possible. Very much in support of your efforts.

      June 22, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Joe G. (Illinois)

    If you don’t want to be a Christian (Be in Christ) then you are on the outside. Who do you trust in making a difference? Some group of the Hollywood telling you about the interned and your computer??? How vanity move people..!

    April 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Kellisa Belgrave

    Posted this campaign on our Facebook page this week. What a great campaign, looking forward to seeing what comes from it.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Gretchen S. Karslake

    Read; Half The Sky. 2 Journalists journey throughout the world informing people of the rampant oppression of girls and women that exists today virtually everywhere. Good for you 2 for taking up this cause because as the book quotes "women hold up half the sky". They matter.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Linda

    Who cares what Ashton Kutcher has to say? He is so gross. Piers, Larry King is starting to look good and that's really bad.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dietrich

      TrishARoo is wrong. I am sealed to two nviilg , but married to only one of them. A nviilg man can be sealed to more than one nviilg woman, but he can only be married to one woman at a time. If he divorces and remarries, he can be sealed to his new wife without breaking the sealing to the previous wife. His ex-wife and the first presidency have to approve this. Actually, IIRC, the ex-wife only needs to be notified of this, and can choose not to respond of the notice.I don't think in the real world you will find this happening continually . I suspect that more then 2 or 3 times is extremely rare.

      March 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Dave Mitchell

    Thank you for your efforts, our church has a group that is part of a national group called "Break the Chains".

    April 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Rachel Smith Johnson

    Thank you Ashton and Demi for putting your star power to work for this important issue. In a way it's sad that your voice is necessary...many, many organizations and news programs have tried to bring this issue to light for years...without really getting people's attention. I hope your efforts will not only be able to reduce this plight but also encourage the development of treatment programs for the healing of these survivors.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Dee

    Good for Ashton and Demi, they are doing a great job on this! They really seem to care.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. gmsingh

    Good job, Ashton and Demi. You sit there listening to "Nicole"'s story, and rather than address her situation at all, ask how she's doing, if she's okay or anything, you say "Oh, her story is typical, and here's what we're doing." Narcissistic pieces of trash. You're concerned about "human trafficking", but when given the chance to speak to an actual victim, the only thing you had to say was "Bye!" I don't think I'll be watching Piers Morgan again any time soon.

    April 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Larry

    Really excellent show tonight. I don't watch celebrity interviews for the sake of celebrity, but topics like this keep me watching, and I really admire Demi and Ashton for this work. One question that wasn't probed enough was how can individual citizens contribute?

    April 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. A Truth Vibration

    Ashton and Demi – Thank you for choosing love over fear. Every one of us makes that same choice, and the results show up in our lives every day.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. JJ

    Funny how Brad said Latino, blacks, eastern Europeans, us citizens, gangs, families, but forgot to say white people. Stereo Type much?

    April 15, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Damian

    Will CNN do the right thing and take Elliot Spitzer off the air? He is one of the perps or should I say perves perpetuating the crime.

    Scandalous that he is on CNN to begin with.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. clara

    Great show and have been so bothered by this issue since I first was made aware.....have posted this and will do what I can to spread the message.
    You both made the message so clear!

    April 15, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sondi

      Wham bam thank you, ma’am, my questinos are answered!

      June 25, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Malcolm in Santa Maria

    Ashton & Demi;

    You two are really WINNING ! Great job tonight !! MG

    April 15, 2011 at 4:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Celestial

    Oh, how I hope and pray we see an end to this in our generation. We must fight for those who are weak. It's our absolute responsiblty to raise up together and scream, "NO MORE!!" We will not stand by. Period.

    April 15, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. William mann

    How about their opinions on Roman Polanski?

    April 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. William Mann

    I think that it would have been very effective to have had Alexandra Dupre & Elliott Spitzer sitting with you, Demi and Ashton during the interview.

    CNN should be ashamed to have Spitzer taking out their garbage.

    Great program, though.

    April 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. RODICA

    I'm apreciate yours efort and great job, but this sin have deep roots and I FEEL THAT( sometime I very depress).One day ,if you have time I wanna see you. HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!

    May 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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