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Thursday's Connector: Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore

November 3rd, 2010
05:11 PM ET

They’re one of Hollywood’s golden couples, but lately Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher have been using their star power to raise awareness for a very serious issue.

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This week at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the pair are launching a fund for victims of human trafficking around the globe.

Managed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the U.N. Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons gives legal and financial help to victims of this heinous practice.

Moore and Kutcher clearly keep this cause close to their hearts. Their own charity – the Demi and Ashton Foundation – helps to raise awareness about, and rehabilitate, child sex slaves.

The couple’s humanitarian campaign has taken them far afield. Recently, Kutcher joined a project in Russia to roll out web solutions to trafficking, while Moore went to Haiti to fight the slavery problem there.

In this latest fund, Moore and Kutcher are clearly channeling their celebrity status into a very worthy cause.

Here's your chance to have your questions about what can be done to stop human trafficking answered by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore.

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  1. Lewis

    congratulations on this new cause. Why did you decide to pick this out of all the causes out there?

    November 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  2. Boyd

    Since the bulk of the illegal activity orginates in Africa and Asia, by what means to you plan to have an affect on activities in foreign lands?

    November 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  3. alice


    Do you think this issue is managable? It's like with the issue of AIDS, so difficult to combat.

    When I think about human trafficking especially in underdeveloped countries, the problem is to vast that it seems unmanagable?

    What are your long term goals for this problem? How will you strategize?

    Thank you

    November 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  4. Annette

    How does the Demi and Ashton Foundation help to raise awareness about human trafficking?
    How does the Demi and Ashton Foundation help to rehabilitate victims of human trafficking?
    What measures must be taken to stop human trafficking?

    Thank you.
    from Denmark

    November 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  5. miguel

    are you planing to take this cause worldwide?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  6. Abrema Manzaba. From Ghana

    Thumbs up to you guys for channeling your celebrity status into a worthy course. And how do you guys keep your relationship on a solid ground. Luv ya

    November 3, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  7. Sarah

    What do you think is more effective: targeting the traffickers themselves, helping people become more street smart or rescuing victims of sex trafficking?


    November 3, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  8. Francesca

    Congratulations on you both for chosing such a noble cause. This is clearly one of the greatest evils of our time, and one that is taking place on an enormous scale around the worlld.

    Do you find there is a lot of awareness on the issue of human trafficking?

    What can I – an average citizen – do to highlight this problem and help combat it?

    November 3, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  9. Cathy Kayser

    Kudos to these two!!! It is unbelievable that this serious disgusting horrendous crime still occurs throughout the world. I hope they will give special attention to women in the Middle East – bought, sold, married, executed like farm animals.

    November 3, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  10. Vicki

    Hi, Ashton and Demi-

    I applaud your humanitarian efforts. It is wonderful to see celebrities using their star power to change horrible situations around the world.

    I come from the Philippines and we have a lot of problems, one of which being human trafficking.

    Your focus so far has been on Eastern Europe and Africa. Do you have any plans to address this issue in Asia, particularly the Philippines? How do you plan to tackle this issue in a country where human trafficking is a symptom of poverty and the result of lack of action from the government?

    Manila, Philippines

    November 4, 2010 at 4:09 am | Reply
  11. Gimbi

    I think the root cause of human trafficking is poverty! Why not combat poverty first which would tackle its related issues such as human trafficking?

    November 4, 2010 at 5:41 am | Reply
  12. Nicole

    They're tackling traditional ethnic practices that are quite acceptable in many African and Asian countries. While it is possible to change these practices, it will take generations to modify traditional practices, behaviors and practices. Those who practice trafficking make a lot of money – is there a substitute to those revenues? It's like asking people to grow potatoes instead of poppies (in making cocaine) because it's ethically a better thing to do. Not a great return on the investment.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:59 am | Reply
  13. Mongolia

    Many Hollywood stars adopt kids from Asia and Africa. Why don't you think of adopting one from my country – Mongolia? That will definitely help your cause also promoted in the country which is also a critical place of origin for human-traficking.

    November 4, 2010 at 7:05 am | Reply
  14. Jano

    Hi, thank you for what you're doing. I'm from South Africa where we have a big trafficking problem. One gets the idea that crimes like these aren't taken serious in our country. Police are corrupt and government doesn't care. I don't want to move away from the topic so I wont blame anybody for not doing their job. Traffickers approach people daily to buy children and or steal children. Evidence of this are emailed all over South Africa for people to be on the look out. USA based churches employ our old "Apartheid" investigators and police to investigate these crimes which I'm grateful for. I would just like to congratulate you for your support as well but to me it doesn't seem like their will ever be a solution to this as their is so much poverty in the world where this is happening.

    November 4, 2010 at 11:22 am | Reply
  15. Olaide

    i like what you guys are doing in helping put a stop a human tracffiking but i will like to how you cope with your marriage in terms of Age seeing the age gap between you two.

    Olaide from Nigeria

    November 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  16. SN

    GOOD JOB GUYS......................

    November 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  17. Mila - Brazil

    In Brazil, the issue you are tackling is very much linked to poverty and search for a better life in other countries. Last week I saw a report saying 90% of the prostitutes arrested in Spain during the past year were Brazilian. Most women accept the offer without knowing exactly what they will be subject to and in the end leave poverty to face humiliation. I suggest you to work together with local federal police and legal institutions. There is a big campaign going on here with warnings in airports, restaurants, nightclubs etc. It's clearly not enough when we see the problem remaining unsolved for years and years. I insist there should be more supervision in airports, increasing passport control when a person is leaving the country and stricter punishment to those intermediating and promoting human trafficking. Congratulations on your work! Let me know if I can be of any help!

    November 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  18. Olufunmi

    This is a worthy cause and we hope that your commitment to this would encourage and spur others to follow suit. However , I hope you spread your area of influence to Africa where child slavery is an accepted way of life. Due to the level of poverty , war and seemingly bad and corrupt governance systems across the continent, it is no longer trafficking but voluntary ('forced') labour. Out of desperation and hunger ( not always because they are forced- although some are), African children of their own volition are employed as housemaids/servants, street hawkers and sex workers just to survive .My mum became a Housemaid at age Ten just to survive and send herself to school even though her mum protested but with no means to help her child , it could not be helped. They have to provide food , clothing and shelter for themsleves as the parents have been unable to live up to their responsibilities in countries with no infrastructure(roads, light, clean water), things taken for granted in developed worlds.Even though all of this are crimes -child abuse, no one would prosecute any parent for these as the situation of the economy is accepted as the excuse . We need to preach family planning in Africa as it seems the only form of "pleasure" or "entertainment "the poor man can afford in our world is SEX with his poor wife which results in unwanted children.Stop having children when you can barely feed your self. So if would add " Family Planning" to your cause and spread it to Africa, it would make a great deal of impact. Thank you!

    November 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Reply
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    November 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  20. Balogun rilwan

    Love this

    November 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  21. Alastair

    I'm writing a research paper about sex slavery for my history class and the questions that id like to be answered are:
    -Where is sex slavery prevalent today?
    -How does it affect society?
    -What is the global response towards this issue?
    -Whats being done about this issue by governments?
    -and some historical background about sex slavery would be nice

    March 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  22. Diane Barney

    Hi I'm currently bringing this topic up in College. My professor thought I was bringing up a topic that was not relevent to N.H. where I live. Are you aware of how prevelant sex trafficking is in the U.S.? How about in N.H.? Why did you choose this cause? Have you been able to connect with other organizations out there to help the girls reconnect with society once rescued from trafficking?

    May 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Reply

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