Hollywood Actor Ashton Kutcher testified to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, providing an emotional speech that calls for actions to solve child sexual abuse.
Kutcher has identified 2,000 child trafficking victims in the past six months through an organization he has co-founded, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, according to The Independent.
The organization created a software fighting human trafficking which helped identify 6,000 victims of modern slavery in six months.
“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,” Kutcher said.
The actor, who is a father of two with actress Mila Kunis, became emotional when he spoke about a child that was raped by an American man.
“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,” he said.
He also recalled the Department of Homeland Security asking for their help in finding the seven-year-old girl after a footage of the child being sexually abused “spread around the dark web.”
“She’d been abused for three years and they’d watched her for three years and they could not find the perpetrator, asking us for help,” the actor said.
“We were the last line of defense. An actor and his foundation were the potential last line of defense.
“That’s my day job and I’m sticking to it,” he added.
(Video courtesy of Global News)
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