While many people around the world know Ashton Kutcher for his roles on some of our favorite television shows and movies, there’s another side to the actor that not many people know about. The one that is passionately dedicated to ridding the world of sexual abuse against children and their trafficking throughout the world.
Kutcher testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing regarding modern slavery and how to fight against it. Kutcher was there representing the organization he co-founded with his former wife, Demi Moore, in 2009. Their organization, known as Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, develops software that helps identify trafficking victims and their abusers.
As you can see in the video, Kutcher becomes very emotional when speaking about his experiences in the realm of child sex trafficking.
“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 of mine being raped by an American man that was a sex tourist in Cambodia,” he says with a shaky voice. “This child was so conditioned by her environment that she thought she was engaging in play.”
Kutcher spoke at the hearing not only to raise awareness of what many consider to be one of the world’s most malicious and evil industries, but also as a means to obtain funding support to help his organization continue developing their online software tools that so many authoritative agencies are using to help track down victims and abusers.
"It's working. In six months, with 25% of our users reporting, we've identified over 6,000 trafficking victims, 2,000 of which are minors. This tool has enhanced 4,000 law enforcement officials in 900 agencies. And we're reducing the investigation time by 60%,” notes Kutcher.