Human Trafficking: How Technology Can Be Used to Fight Back

Wallenberg Theater
  • Claire Schmidt

Increasingly, technology is being used to facilitate trafficking and other forms of child sexual exploitation. Thorn, a nonprofit organization founded by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, has been working to use technology to fight back against the criminals and perpetrators. By informing law enforcement efforts, partnering with nonprofits to help them make use of available data and tools, and working closely with major companies in the tech industry, we have helped rescue victims and make the internet a more hostile place for these activities. 

Claire Schmidt has been working on child sex trafficking prevention since 2010. Previously, she worked in strategy consulting at Roll Global, a private holding company that owns Fiji Water, POM Wonderful, and other CPG brands. Prior to this, she was a management consultant at The Parthenon Group, helping Fortune 500 companies increase profitability and working with private equity firms to conduct due diligence projects on potential acquisitions. Currently, Claire is the Director of Programs at Thorn. Claire holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.