The last week and a half have been beyond inspiring for myself and the staff here at Thorn. The outpouring of support and interest in our work in response to Ashton’s testimony has been overwhelming, humbling and provided a much needed boost in doing what is sometimes really difficult and heartbreaking work. Read More
Last month, the documentary Audrie & Daisy arrived on Netflix. It tells the story of the sexual assault of two teenage girls, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman. While each girl has a unique story, they share a common experience in the stigma, shame, and harassment they receive in response to their assault and the role technology plays in each of their stories. Read More
Sextortion is a growing problem, with multiple online platforms being used to facilitate the crime.
What is sextortion?
Sextortion is a form of sexual exploitation where one individual threatens to reveal sexually explicit images of another person unless that person meets specific demands. The perpetrator may have obtained the images in multiple ways. They may have hacked a device, or recorded an image without consent. In some cases, the image may have been shared consensually. Regardless of how the image was obtained, if the sharing of that image is not consensual, the perpetrator is engaging in an act of abuse by using intimate images to exploit the victim. Read More
Recently, law enforcement officials rescued 168 child victims of commercial sex trafficking in a nationwide child sex trafficking bust. But what happens to these children after they’ve been rescued? Read More
On an ongoing basis, we ask our supporters to help call attention to youth at risk for child sex trafficking. In an effort to call even more attention to the issue, we’re providing more detailed information about youth at risk for child sex trafficking, and would like to ask you to spread these warning signs for child sex trafficking around your network. Read More
As we, at Thorn, fight to put an end to child sex trafficking and child pornography, we are acutely aware that child abuse is a critical aspect of both of these crimes. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we want to take time to call attention to the lasting affects of abuse on children and how we can help bring an end to it. Read More
I’ve been working in the anti-trafficking field for three-and-a-half years. Needless to say, I am immersed in this issue. I spend a lot of time brainstorming and seeking ideas about how we can leverage technology to prevent the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. Read More