Ashton Kutcher to Receive Award

Ashton KutcherGreetings from the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking. Most of you have probably heard of Ashton Kutcher, an Iowa native who is a TV and movie personality. What you may not know is that Ashton is co-founder of Thorn, Digital Defender of Children. He has been a leader in the worldwide fight against human trafficking. His foundation has developed software known as “Spotlight” which is being used in many urban police departments to uncover human trafficking on the internet. In the last 6 months, this has identified more than 2,000 minors who may be victims of human trafficking. This software is currently being utilized by the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking has decided to present Ashton with the 2017 Outstanding Contribution to Ending Human Trafficking Award. Iowa State University Lecture series is currently arranging for Ashton to present a lecture at Iowa State University at which time the award will be presented. We will keep you informed of the date and time.

Ashton recently testified before congress regarding his remarkable work worldwide. You can access his testimony by going to