Most of us know Ashton Kutcher as the actor who makes girls swoon over him on the silver screen with carrot bouquets. But he is so much more than his on-screen image.
Kutcher is also the chairman of Thorn, an organisation which builds software to combat human trafficking. They partner up with tech companies and NGOs and use technology to prevent sexual exploitation of children.
Speaking at the Senate on the topic of ‘Ending Modern Slavery’, he gave his testimony about the work he has been doing since the past few years. He talked about the right to pursue happiness for everyone, especially kids, and also commented on internet trolls who have repeatedly asked him to stick to his ‘day-job’.
Here are excerpts:
“As part of my anti-trafficking work, I’ve met victims in Russia, I’ve met victims in India, I’ve met victims that have been trafficked from Mexico, victims from New York and New Jersey and all across our country. I’ve been on FBI raids where I’ve seen things that no person should ever see. I’ve seen video content of a child that’s the same age as mine being raped by an American man that was a sex tourist in Cambodia. And this child was so conditioned by her environment that she thought she was engaging in play.”
Watch the video here:
And if you’re interested in what he says, you can watch the whole video here: