Emotional Ashton Kutcher Implores Congress to Act on Child Exploitation


Ashton Kutcher, known for his leading role on That 70’s Show and countless other movies, has taken it upon himself to bring awareness and an end to child exploitation throughout the world. The TV star gave a heartfelt and emotional testimony in front of the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, February 15.

Below is his full video, but the part you will want to watch starts at about the two minute, ten-second mark and goes for two minutes. In this clip, Kutcher, teary eyed, talks about how people tell him to stick to his “day job” and to ignore politics. Kutcher, however, says this endeavor is his “day job” and recounts a tragic story of a young girl involved in sex trafficking. Below the video is the transcript from that segment.

 

Transcript

“It is about the time that when I started talking about politics and the internet trolls tells me to stick to my day job. And so, I would like to talk about my day job.”

“My day job is as the chairman and the co-founder of Thorn. We build software to fight human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children. And that’s our core mission. My other day job is that of the father of two – a two-month-old and a 2-year-old. And as part of that job that I take very seriously, I believe that it is my effort to defend their right to pursue happiness and to ensure a society and government that defends it as well.”

As part of my anti-trafficking work, I’ve met victims from Russia, I’ve met victims in India, I’ve met victims that’ve been trafficked in Mexico. Victims in New York, in New Jersey and all across the country. I’ve been in FBI raids where I’ve seen things that no person should ever see. I’ve seen video content of a child as the same age as mine, being raped by an American man that was a sex tourist in Cambodia. The kid was so conditioned of her environment that she thought she was engaging in play.”

“I’ve been on the other end of a phone call from my team asking for my help because we had received a call from the Department of Homeland Security telling us that a 7-year-old girl was being sexually abused and that content was being spread around the dark web. And she had been being abused and they’d watched her for three years, and they could not find the perpetrator. Asking us for help. 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.”

The actor Co-Founded Thorn along with Demi Moore as a way to fight child exploitation through technology and innovation. You can learn more about their initiative here.