Founded in 2009 under the name of DNA Foundation, by Hollywood actors Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Thorn is an organization that seeks to stop human and children trafficking from all around the world.
The idea and concept of the foundation comes as a result of Demi watching a MSNBC documentary about human trafficking and sexual slavery in Cambodia. Disgusted by what she had just watched, Moore started a research to find out that these crimes do not only happen in Cambodia or Africa, but in the United States and the rest of the world, as well.
On November 2012, and after the dissolution of the founder’s
marriage, the foundation changed its name to “Thorn”, both of the original founders are still on the board of directors, alongside with Ray Chambers, the United Nation Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria, and Jim Pitkow, the co-founder of Attributor.
Thorn works with a group of technology partners to ensure that children are safer online now and in the future. The main goal of the foundation is to detect online predators, to pursue them and to charge them for online sexual harassment, which includes sexual abuse imagery, sextortion, live-streaming child abuse, child pornography, etc.
The foundation hasn’t stopped since its formation in 2009, and in almost ten years, it has created 7 projects that protect children from different kinds of danger, making them less vulnerable and online companies more aware of what they publish online.
Thorn looks for the support of big online companies, such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter, to create a database of child abuse images on the web. Among these companies, Thorn has the support of other big names for the entertainment industry, such as Ben Stiller, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel, John Legend, Bradley Cooper, and some others.