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Actor Ashton Kutcher is using Twitter to help fight sex slavery.

Kutcher recently met with GEMS founder Rachel Lloyd to discuss the problem of sex trafficking and slavery, and Twittered these responses following the meeting: “sexual exploitation & trafficking is just modern day slavery & the pimps & traffickers R the slave owners” and “[t]here’s nothing cool about being a pimp. Pimp = Slave Owner.”

GEMS – Girls Education and Mentoring Services – is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS was founded in 1999 by Rachel Lloyd, a young woman who had been sexually exploited as a teenager. GEMS has helped hundreds of young women and girls, ages 12-21, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and to develop to their full potential. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.

The issue is an important one for Kutcher, who has blogged about it many times. He is also encouraging his 200,000 Twitter followers to sign the online petition that calls for a new law that will stop exploited children from being prosecuted as criminals. The petition can be accessed here.

More information about GEMS can be found at their website.

Source: Pop Squire

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