In 2009, the Iowan actor founded a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, the NGO changed its name to Thorn in 2012.

In 2012, the International Labor Organization estimated that there were roughly 21 million human trafficking victims worldwide, of which about 5 million were being sexually exploited. According to Thorn, the internet is largely to blame: It found that 63 percent of child sex trafficking victims that it surveyed were advertised online.

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