Ashton Kutcher and the Problem of Underage Prostitutes

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In numerous tweets blasting Village Voice Media, Ashton Kutcher never once mentioned shelter and counseling for underage prostitutes.

Our cover story this week on human trafficking exposed the scare statistics that Kutcher and wife, Demi Moore, flog to hype their pitch. Their numbers are bogus.

The article also covered legislation which, for the first time, would devote federal funding to providing beds and assistance to underage victims of prostitution.

America does not lose 100,000 to 300,000 children to prostitution annually as Kutcher and sex prohibitionists allege. That is simply a lie.

The lie has been used to obtain millions of dollars in Congressional funding to raise awareness of human trafficking by advertising, lobbying and numerous outreach programs.

If there is not a tsunami of underage prostitutes in America, that is not to say that there are no children trapped in this world. Of course there are.

And yet, as we pointed out in our story, not a penny has been spent to shelter the victims.

If you want to help these kids there is something you can do.

U. S. Senate Bill 596 deserves your attention and your support.

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced SB 596 on March 16, 2011. The key component is six one year grants of $2,000,000 to $2.500,000 for shelter and counseling.

As you can imagine, a child engaged in prostitution brings a difficult mix of issues to the table including, but not limited to, drug addiction, sexual abuse, homelessness. These are problems that need sustained attention.

And funding.

In the article that triggered Kutcher's twitter onslaught we cited The Bridge program in Seattle, which in one of the few efforts in the entire country devoted to housing underage prostitutes. (The Bridge is financed locally.)

"These children, as victims, need more trauma-recovery services, " director Melinda Giovengo told us. "There is evidence that a dedicated residential recovery program, with wraparound mental health, chemical dependence, and educational and vocational services, provided by well-trained specialists, both on-site and in the community, can help young victims of commercial sexual exploitation in breaking free of the track."

There are fewer than 100 beds scattered across the nation dedicated to these children.

The $15 million proposed by Senators Cornyn and Wyden are cold, hard numbers. Facts.

Facts are important if you want to address underage prostitution.

One of the messages in response to our article and Kutcher's tweets read in part: "... Who gives a damn if the number (100,00 to 300,000) is correct or not! If they manage to help at least one person..."

With all due respect, we give a damn.

Since 1997 the federal government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars for religious groups, prohibitionists, and reformers all over the world to end human trafficking. Yet the proposed funds in SB 596 are the first dollars earmarked to put a roof over the head of victims in America.

'If they manage to help at least one person...' is a bumper sticker, not a plan for action.

In America tens of thousands of people are killed every year on the nation's roadways. But we do not ban automobiles to save at least one person...

By painting the sex-trafficking problem in this country as overwhelming, advocates may actually be hurting the children who truly need help. If 300,000 children are enslaved, surely we need sweeping new laws and massive action.

And so, instead of helping victims, states are now passing legislation aimed at suppressing cabaret dancers. Instead of helping victims, prohibitionists are attacking pornography.

Facts are important because facts, not emotion, keep you focused.

The facts regarding underage prostitution are addressed by Senators Cornyn and Wyden.

And if Kutcher ever gets over being called out for not doing his homework, perhaps he might message his followers that meaningful legislation needs their support.


How to reach Senators Cornyn and Wyden

Senator John Cornyn:

The Honorable John Cornyn
United States Senate
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-4303

Phone: 202-224-2934

Email: Cornyn doesn't have a direct email address, but you can send him an e-mail if you fill out a contact form with name, address, etc.:

http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Sen.JohnCornyn


Senator Ron Wyden

The Honorable Ron Wyden
United States Senator
223 Dirksen State Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-3703

Phone: 202-224-5244

Contact form (email): http://wyden.senate.gov/contact/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wyden

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Hipfilms
Hipfilms

Most NGO just want a high paying job with very little work. Some get 75-100k a yr for working to help people that's 3 times the average wage.  Plus they fulsified the info to keep their cushy jobs, if they want help them, donate 75% of their salary so the kids don't need to sell their bodies.

Josef Klus
Josef Klus

Yeah, it's sad when a publication needs to attack people who are trying to do some good, and save some lives. But I guess they must when prostitution ads in the back of the paper help fund it.

Valeria
Valeria

Ashton Kutcher can be a bit of a jerk at times... but as my son pointed out, how does the Village Voice know that there's only "250" victims of child trafficking in America? Do they think that the people who kidnap and force this lifestyle on innocent children actually answer the census with job title of "child trafficker"????

Guest
Guest

HOLLYWOOD stars and writers help support child porn support groups. I would Love to see Aston and  Demi and other popular stars go after the hollywood filthy freaks that think having child porn support freaks on their show is cool I guess.

hells angels leader Dave Burgess caught with a computer full of child porn on his way to a Hells angels flock gathering was not charged with dealing ? why would a hells angels be bringing a massive amount of child porn to a hells angel event if he was not selling it ?

\Why are the USA hells angels and the men that date hells angels supporting this child porn convict if they had no intention of buying his child porn ?

Hollywood puts Dave burgesses club members on their TV shows so the public thinks the hells angels are cool .

Hollywood the American media controls America break the cycle boycott shows that support child porn and the preditors will have no place to hide and no media to grow.

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I would rather fill the prisons with freaks like child porn leader Dave Burgess then some drug user that hurts no one on purpose. men get life sentences for dealing drugs in the USA. men caught with Large amounts of drugs are called dealers even if these men bought the drugs at a good price in bulk as their life long stash . Police and courts have no proof you were dealing exept the scale you were caught with.

Well what Kind of buyer would you be if you did not count or weight what you bought ?

I don't do drugs I do not support drug abuse But I can tolerate a drug addict. I have no tolerance for Dave burgess  his hells angels and the hollywood rich men that date and promote hells angels.

Guest
Guest

Some of you do gooders make me sick , Some of You just like making yourself feel good on the expense of victims and you never care to take a deep look and try to experience the pain. You don't know what its like till you put yourself or a loved one in the victims place. No life does not go on for some victims Your half ass help and your bragging about all the good you do is not enough. Comforting victims is necessary but it does not make them safe and it does not take away the years of mental and physical abuse.

If your not killing or arresting pimps and Johns you are doing nothing to stop child porn and child prostitution.

Helping victims does not stop the problem. when you take one victim out of the loop the pimp gets a new victim to replace the one you took away.

In the USA today we have a hells angel leader that was busted with a huge amount of child porn possibly a USA record . This hells angel leader Dave Burgess is publicly supported by USA hells angels and the men that date the USA Hells angels.

Hells angels throw fund raisers to help support their members in jail many of whom have been convicted for horrible crimes against women and children.

Do any of you ask why some Hollywood screen writer and some comedian pick these men that support Dave Burgess child porn hells angel convict leader to be supported on their TV show? Why don't the Hollywood stars go after the Hollywood stars that support men that support child porn convicts and men that rape and murder women and children ?

Hollywood and the American media control America. Stars like Aston and Demi may have their heart in the right place but their money is being wasted. Dead pimps make no new victims the cycle gets broken the new pimp can be killed just as fast as he surfaces so lets not use the excuse someone will take his place. start killing pimps the day they take office and in no time at all there will be a shortage of pimps. Those that harm and destroy the innocent shall Die from Justice

Give Dave Burgess the death sentence . Let those pigs that transport Large amounts of child porn know they will be held accountable for every child harmed on their collection.

Jaded
Jaded

As someone who works with trafficking victims in South Asia and has been involved in programs that have supported the rehabilitation of thousands of young girls trafficked in to the sex industry over the past 20 years I am as concerned as the Village Voice about the distortion of data.  It ends up diverting precious resources to misguided efforts to raise "awareness" and futile prosecution efforts that are going nowhere.  Sex trafficking panic is harming not helping as it results in sensational hype that confusers donors and policies makers.  Good that someone has questioned this data distortion game played by Hollywood celebrities  

Sherrie Edwards Minkin
Sherrie Edwards Minkin

I think you also need to do your homework....religious groups get NO government funding. We are a ministry dedicated to women and girls in the sex industry. We have not received one penny from the government to help these victims! We have a safe house for domestic minor sex trafficking victims and are opening 2 for over 18. We are funded by grants and private donations. Our programs are free and will always be free for these victims! We do outreach to escorts that are advertised online in Backpage.com in the adult entertainment escort section. We have called almost 700 women and girls since February! We have even been able to report minors to the authorities and helped women escape their pimps. Oh, by the way...WHO owns Backpage.com? The Village Voice! No wonder you wanted to slam sex trafficking.....you are involved in it as well and are making billions on the backs of girls and women! Sounds just like a pimp to me!

Rescueachild
Rescueachild

"America does not lose 100,000 to 300,000 children to prostitution annually as Kutcher and sex prohibitionists allege. That is simply a lie."

Want to talk about lies.... That is the a lie! I am a survivor of child sex trafficking and Santa Monica BLVD in CA is FULL if children from CPS being sold by pimps to pedophiles. This is going on all over the country. Remember Craigslist???? 100's of children found in police stings.

This whole blog story is fulll of it!!!!! I have found the biggest voices talking against the child sex trafficking movement are those who use and exploit children for sex, Child porn is the fastest growing genre of porn which is also a horrid form of prostitution slavery.

Please save you BS for someone else because America knows the truth and it seems you need a REALITY CHECK... Seen many pedophiles going to prison lately for explotation of children??? You can thank us ~ The citizens of this country that is tired of the BS blogs like yours spew.

As a survivor od CPS sponsored child porn and also having been in the sex industry, I am now and advocate and a survivor. I say SAVE IT! Your lies are transparent!

Rescueachild
Rescueachild

"America does not lose 100,000 to 300,000 children to prostitution annually as Kutcher and sex prohibitionists allege. That is simply a lie."

Want to talk about lies.... That is the a lie! I am a suvivor of child sex trafficking and Santa Monica BLVD in CA is FULL if children from CPS being sold by pimps to pedophiles. This is going on all over the country. Remember Craigslist???? 100's of children found in police stings.

This whole blog story is fulll of it!!!!! I have found the buggest vices talking against the child sex trafficking movement are those who ise and explout children for sex, Child porn is the fastest growing genre of porn which is also a horrid form of prostitution slavery.

Please save you BS for someone else because America knows the truth and it seems you need a REALITY CHECK... Seen many pedophiles going to prison lately for explotation of children??? You can thank us ~ The citizens of this country that is tired of the BSblogs like yours spew.

As a survivor od CPS sponsored child porn and also having been in the sex industry, I am now and advocate and a survivor. I say SAVE IT! Your lies are transparent.

Richard A. Sands
Richard A. Sands

[h]elping victims, states are now passing legislation aimed at, (NO LONGER or NOT) suppressing cabaret dancers... indeed, "Facts are important because facts, not emotion, keep you focused." Plant the seeds and groom the need or want for drugs, sex and guns will prevail until, enough concerned citizens gather to make change for the best interest of all parties concerned have realized our own social demise.  God Bless America, We Do and/or Must Stand United, as in said same, or Divided We Fall.

joey luu
joey luu

don't hate the media hate the story hate the publicity hate the non-profits hate the celebrity image consultant hate the publicist hate kabbalah hate the bullshit that is ashton kutcher

concerned citizen
concerned citizen

Thanks Village Voice for exposing the latest moral panic scam to get millions in grant $$'s. We're tired of the sick game people are playing with grant money, taking Federal $$'s that are needed in the day to day operations of those who actually help people on the street.

Celia
Celia

They say the 37 largest cities during a 10 yr period there were 8,263 arrests- most youth involved do not get arrested. If we went with that logic, we had to go with the number of drug users and drug sellers arrested as our statistic of the number of drug users and drug sellers we have in the country. That's faulty, since we have many, many more than are arrested.- when youth are arrested, they generally ARE NOT charged with prostitution because to be charged you have to catch them in the act. They may be charged with loitering or solicitation, but not prostitution. MOST often police are sympathetic and don't charge youth with these stigmatizing crimes and charge them with something else - like delinquency etc...so they don't shame the youth.- arrests also have to do with how devoted the police dept's are to this issues of arresting youth involved. The author cites Salt Lake City and Orlando going an entire year without "busting a child prostitute" - that's more of a relfection of the police dept, then it is the actuall number of victims. Note his language throughout like "bust a child prostitue" is offensive language and he clearly does not understand or respect the federal law that determines them to be victims. He also says 'as you move away from major urban areas underaged prostitution plunges' -this is simply not true. He must also take into consideration the number compared to the size of each city. Of course LA has more - they are a mega city - but comparable rates are in Toledo. 100,000-300,000 was Estes estimate of U.S. youth and youth brought in from other countries who were at risk. However, Ernie Allen the CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates 100,000 ARE trafficked in the U.S. - all of those are U.S. citizens. He should know. He says that is a conservative estimates. You can google his report. You can also look up the number of runaways in the U.S. each year. You can also find numerous studies where researchers ask youth who are runaways or homeless if they have traded sex for a place to stay, money, food, or drugs. The numbers are quite high. The author says "most runaway/thrownaway youth were gone less than one week - hardly enough time to take up prostitution" - again very offensive as if they "take it up" like a trade - but research has shown that youth are approached within 48 hours by a recruiter or trafficker in larger cities. In  Ohio they are approached with 2 wks. The author asks Estes about the number 'forcibly' taken. Estes replies correctly - that the number would be small. However we know that manipulation is the largest driving force behind trafficking. In forcing youth, traffickers make money for a short period of time because the youth will escape or law enforcement is looking for them. In manipulating youth (the preferred method), the trafficker can convince the youth to stay with them and can get the youth to participate in their own slavery (as the federal law says we don't have to prove force, fraud, or coercion - because they understand the process of manipulation).  I didn't read the rest of the article about shared hope...but wanted to get this info to you so say - please keep up the fight. Researchers, NCMEC, the government, and advocates are behind this cause because it's real and we need every bit of energy to fight against it - this joker who wrote the article would like to make a name for himself and take a bite into Ashton and Demi at the same time. I'm sure their use to it. Estes is retired and probably doesn't care much about what is now written about his past research. It's true, they largely guessed based on scientific logic, but we had to start somewhere and he was brave enough to do it. Now we have to tighten up what he did by finding better ways to estimate the number of youth victims.

Antisocialist
Antisocialist

Lying in order to obtain government funding?  How dare you Ashton and Demi!  You're taking away funding from climate change scientists, who would never lie in order to receive government funding. LOL

Ronb54
Ronb54

leticia olalia morales of 15501 pasadenaave #8 tustin ca 92780 submitted fake documentsand paid 5000 dollars to obtain a US tourist visa. she also submittedfake employment records to obtain a work visa. she is now applying forcitizenship. her contact at the embassy was man named sandman.

Shellyxbelly
Shellyxbelly

Who cares what they're calling it?! That's what it is!!! My problem, as a mother to be, is THEY GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE NUMBERS MORE THAN THE ISSUE!!!!!! It is a damn problem if parents allow to selling they're kids to strange adults for cash! As a parent that erks me that they're discriminating ashton for doing and fight for a great cause! Like moore said it could be 1 person every 10 years it still needs to stop!

Russell
Russell

Ashton Kutcher is just one more actor that seems to think that makes him an intellectual and much more knowledgable about any given subject that you or I could ever be.

Hatemail
Hatemail

What's funny is how the uber-liberals will DEFEND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS forever, yet they fail to understand that illegal immigration also enables SEX TRAFFICKING and other insanely grotesque behavior.  Stupid ass ignorant brain dead liberals.

Pamela
Pamela

how anyone can take ashton kutcher seriously about anything is beyond me.  as for demi? she must be running out of ways to stay in the news...she's almost 50 and i've never seen her do anything for the good of the world till now. good for you, village voice.  am glad these idiots are being exposed.

Hobbes
Hobbes

It seems like the person who wrote this article is more interested in making Ashton Kutcher look stupid than helping kids not get raped. Helping shelters that help child prostitutes is NOT the same as stopping child prostitution. I don't care if Kutcher said a billion kids are raped everyday if that is what it takes to get this country to wake up and stop ALL child rape. I do care that the Village Voice is taking a stand against a guy who wants to stop the pedophile industry. I once liked this publication...no more.

Everitt Annmarie
Everitt Annmarie

And for those of you who want to further educate yourself on the topic and be inspired by people who are making a difference.

What: Very Young Girls screening at Exit Art When: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 7:00 PMWhere: Exit Art Gallery475 10th Avenue New York, NY New York, NY 10018If you ever wondered how this crime can be happening right in our own backyard, this film goes a long way toward answering that question. It is being shown as part of a series each Tuesday in conjunction with the current exhibit on Contemporary Slavery. Arrive early to see the exhibit. As always we recommend buying tickets in advance. Bar at 7pm / Screenings at 7:30pmTickets are $8.00.VERY YOUNG GIRLS (July 5) is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. It takes us into the work of Rachel Lloyd, a sexually-exploited youth-turned-activist, who started the New York City organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) to help victimized young women escape their pimps and find another way of life. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Janice Holzman, Director of Communications and Development for GEMS.  BUY TICKETS! (Directed by David Schisgall and Nina Alvarez (2008); 83 minutes; DVD; English)

OmarTentmaker
OmarTentmaker

This article shows total hypocrisy of Village Voice Media, a publication that profits from "back page" prostitution advertising that may represent enslaved children.

Josephwhittman
Josephwhittman

The VV article and their classified­s ads have been around for decades. The question in my mind is; is it the VV's job to make sure all of their advertiser­s are 18 or over? When they shut down Craigslist adult ads based on the same arguments no one complained­. Now they are working on backpage.c­om. It reminds me of the old parable about then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me. No one is arguing for child traffickin­g. It is a horrible crime and should be stomped out. With that said, is there a way for prostitute­s to advertise without being drug into the traffickin­g issue. A lot of you might disagree but I hold the belief that prostituti­on should be legalized for all people's safety. That would also help with this issue. If all brothels were legal and had to follow rules this would even be a smaller problem than it is today. Further, people or groups using highly suspect numbers to justify their stance is no better than simple propaganda­. We should make informed decisions based on verifiable informatio­n. Ashton Kutcher is a propagandi­st. He knowingly uses false informatio­n to justify his stance. So for the naysayers, at least read the VV article and then think about it. That basic process is sorely lacking in this debate and in most debates in this country. The GUT rules.

helenreddy
helenreddy

Ashton's married to an ex-sex worker.  maybe this explains their choice of causes.

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Well said Jaded

Not only are dollars wasted because of phony data but trust is destroyed permanently anytime someone tries to promote "awareness" with phony data.

I am just about at the point if the Governor or POTUS is not speaking directly on TV about the sky-is-falling social problem of the day...I just don't care!

Lets be 'aware' again of the importance of telling the truth.

Guesty
Guesty

Because you, a person who counts as one, was trafficked, that means 300,000 kids are being trafficked today, right now?

Where's the logic in that?

No one, not even Ashton, is still claiming 100k-300k is accurate.

No, wait, sorry.  Some are - those who collect money from others still want (need) those numbers.

Unlike you, most people think that one is too many, we don't need 100k before we get involved. What the hell is wrong with you?

eat it
eat it

What sensationalism! how do you know child porn is the fastest growing genre, I'm just curious considering its illegal and traded secretly. Tell me, how is CPS facilitating the expansion of the sex industry? just wondering, especially when I always thought they were there as advocates for the children. What you state as fact seems like just some more hyperbole from all sides..

Max_Power75
Max_Power75

Good post. I agree with everything you have written and think the number of minors sold for sex at least once in the last year could realistically be 100,000. If %1 of the 800 that were actually charged represent those the police actually decided to charge with the rest being charged with a lesser charge, being brought home or not being caught at all then the total would be 80,000. The drug trade is probably analogous, in the way it is hidden, and it wold not be a stretch to imagine only 1%, probably much less, of people who have used a drug at least once in the last year were actually arrested. In the trafficking of children this would equate to 1% of children that have been sold for sex at least once in the last year being arrested in the last year. Obviously it could be less but really that arrest number means very little when the complexities of quantifying this issue are taken into account. Also the resources that the VV says were allocated to this problem, which is important aspect of the number of arrests, are not focused on child sex trafficking because that is impossible because this issue is obviously hidden within the adult prostitution issue. I wonder if there are there any groups with the courage to suggest legalizing, regulating and taxing adult prostitution in a way that educational opportunities and voluntary counseling were provided to adults that want out, then they would have the needed opportunities and resources to do so. In other words empowering them to help themselves vs marginalizing them "for their and societies own good". This would also serve to sever children who are trafficked from adult prostitutes so that resources can be focused to help them without confounding this issue with adult prostitution. The fact that this issue has gotten to the point that it has somehow become acceptable to arrest children for what is certainly an act of sheer desperation, in essence victimizing them again, is a travesty. Arresting those children shows that this issue has been, in some ways, merged into the adult prostitution issue. Properly focusing on children could also serve to break a cycle which probably contributes substantially to the number of adult prostitutes eliminating a large proportion of those that become adult prostitutes due, in no small part, to the abuse and neglect suffered in their childhood.

Divinity33372
Divinity33372

Actually, it's more like they're helping to take funding away from programs like WIC that help impoverished women and children EAT! But why should you care.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Maybe you should turn of the Fox News for a while and join the rest of the world.

Adsasdf
Adsasdf

Ashton takes other people's money and spends it on ads that do nothing.

The V V spends millions of its own money to work with police blocking human trafficking ads and to effectuate arrests of these perverts.

Ashton only cares when he *thinks* there are 300k kids being trafficked.

The V V thinks the real number is a lot smaller than that, but they still work, every day, to put an end to it.

Who truly cares more?

Divinity33372
Divinity33372

Did you read the article? Did you miss the part where this moral panic is being used to gain funding for organizations that push a prohibitionist agenda while shelters that ACTUALLY HELP trafficked teens CAN'T GET FUNDING!

If you really cared about trafficked children that would piss you off! Guess you don't.

Guest
Guest

yeah it must just all be the liberals.. damn the other side of the political spectrum.. for they are the cause to all our worldly problems..This polarization between two parties is abso-fucking-lutly absurd.open your goddamn eyes sheep.. the parties are just two heads on the same fucking coin. alas, you cannot think for yourself; hatemail, as you've made that blatantly obvious.

Divinity33372
Divinity33372

That's right. When borders are tightened it puts people who have to migrate in a position to seek help crossing the border from people who can then turn around and trap them into trafficking. The borders need to be easier to cross legally not harder...but I'm guessing that's not what you were getting at.

LifeIsSweetBaby
LifeIsSweetBaby

Whoa Pam!! Jealous of Demi much?? ;-) Take a poll & see how many men find her hot. I take them BOTH very seriously because THEY are trying to do something to make this world a better place. And your foundation is.....???? Please, tell us the name so we can help. (BTW...they've been involved with this for a couple of yars hon)

Divinity33372
Divinity33372

So translation: "It's ok if they lie to us as long as it's for a good cause."

I keep seeing this argument over and over concerning this issue and it's an argument from privilege. As if money were in endless supply and we can just throw it all down a hole. Are you not aware that as type your little comments women all over this country are going without WIC because the GOP just cut it claiming there's not enough money to go around.

GOT PRIVILEGE?

Russell
Russell

Ashton Kutcher is just one more actor that seems to think that makes him an intellectual and much more knowledgable about any given subject that you or I could ever be.

Divinity33372
Divinity33372

LMAO! YOU'RE ADVERTISING HERE! Here is another one trying to make money of the backs of the supposed "trafficked."  ROFLMAO!

Guest
Guest

You're implicating that VVM specifically uses its CLASSIFIEDS as a conduit to enslave children and receive profits, when in reality; its a SICK SOCIETY that takes these tools and uses them for evil, not a publication who only gives the means for such activity.. I could also buy a bike from backpage! is that evil?

LifeIsSweetBaby
LifeIsSweetBaby

helenreddy....WHAT?????? Are you insane???? Good God there's alot of know-it-all idiots commenting...FEW of which do I believe for a minute are involved in helping to fight Human Trafficking. All of you...PLEASE, start listing the organization that fights Trafficking, YOU run so I can donate to it. Otherwise, shut up & get your facts straight! Ashton, the New York Post, USA today...EVERYBODY was given the wrong number. Ashton's an actor (a "celeb as you like to say) who's heart has led him to fight Trafficking. Is he perfect? No. ARE YOU??? NO!  VV runs the backpage for sex ads. They claim they spend MILLIONS to make sure kids stay off that page. They are getting sued by a 15 year old girl saying the VV KNEW her age. VV COULD stop posting ads & use the  millions to provide sheters for survivors. Ashton's foundation & MANY OTHERS DO donate money to provide shelters to survivors. Ashton's heart has not led him to take care of "willinG" prostitutes. DID I GIVE YOU ALL ENOUGH INFO TO FINALLY GET YOU TO SHUT UP & GO DONATE TO, if not a group providing shelter to survivors, but at least to SOME GOOD  CAUSE???? My God.

LifeIsSweetBaby
LifeIsSweetBaby

Moral panic??? Exaggerate much?? One more time: THEY AND MANY OTHER GROUPS ARE DONATING TO PROVIDE SHELTERS. Hello???? (and you know this info because you're involved with which Human Trafficking group????)

LifeIsSweetBaby
LifeIsSweetBaby

Funny, I'm VERY involved in stopping Human Trafficking & Ashton hasn't made me feel like he's more knowledgable then me in any way. Gosh, what Trafficking are YOU involved with?

AM
AM

Relax I have nothing to do with the film or screening. Just another member of the public like you engaging in the debate. FYI people rarely get rich making documentary films.

Max_Power75
Max_Power75

  The operative word is "rarely" not "never".

Guest
Guest

Mr. Moore would beg to differ ;)

LifeIsSweetBaby
LifeIsSweetBaby

Everitt, don't even waste anymore of your time. Most here don't have a clue what you're about, what you're trying to do or how this helps raise money for Trafficked survivors. Thank you for what you posted though!

Divinity33372
Divinity33372

They do when those films help feed into a moral panic that is worth millions.

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