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.
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.
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